Peganum harmala

Peganum harmala_C253-03
Photo courtesy UC Davis Weeds of California

Common names: African-rue

Peganum harmala (African-rue) is a perennial herb/ (family Zygophyllaceae) with white flowers and thin narrow leaves found in the Mojave Desert in California. It is native to the Mediterranean and central Asia. It favors grasslands. It spreads via seeds and roots. Seeds are dispersed by water, animals, farm machinery and other vehicles. Local spread occurs when pieces of rootstock are severed and moved during cultivation.

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