Name: Mule Fat (Baccharis salicifolia)

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
Flowering Season: Almost Year-round
Notes: A native shrub, it is the most common plant seen near the creek bed. Its common name comes from the prospectors who used to tie their mules to the branches - the mules would eat the plant and become fat from it. With narrow, willow-like leaves, it can grow to 12 feet

Photographs by Gabi McLean
Mule Fat (Baccharis salicifolia)