Broom Snakeweed

Broom Snakeweed
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Growth Habit: Native perennial, warm-season plant that reproduces by its seed and root systems. Woody nature, but rarely grows over 18 inches.

Stem: Grows new from the crown each year. Close together, stiff, and somewhat resinous.

Leaves: Alternate, narrow, and untwisted. 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length, green in color with smooth margins. Slightly rolled towards the center.

Flowers: Small, round, and inconspicuous. Yellow in color. Blooms appear from July to September.

Other: Common poisonous plant that is most toxic during leaf formation. Most livestock losses occur as abortions. Additionally, week lambs and calves are common during times when pasture grazing is scarce and broom snakeweed is eaten.