Kochia scoparia

Kochia scoparia_JM DiTomaso
Photo: Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: Bassia scoparia, Bassia sieversiana, Chenopodium scoparia, Kochia alata, Kochia parodii, Kochia sieversiana, Kochia trichophila, Kochia virgata

Common names: Kochia; belvedere; belvedere-cypress; fireball; fireweed; Mexican burningbush; mock cypress

Kochia scoparia (Kochia) is a summer annual forb/herb (Family Chenopodiaceae) found most commonly on saline soils of California’s Central Valley, southern desert, and coastal growing areas.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited?

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.

Weed Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

There are no Symposium presentations associated with this species yet.

Other Kochia scoparia Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

    Kochia scoparia_flowers_JeanPawek
    Kochia scoparia (Kochia) flowers. Photo: Jean Pawek
    Kochia scoparia_leaves_copyright2001_FredHrusa(CDFA)
    Kochia scoparia (Kochia) leaves. Photo: &#169 2001 Fred Hrusa, CDFA
    Kochia scoparia_growth habit_JeanPawek
    Kochia scoparia (Kochia) growth habit. Photo: Jean Pawek