Carrying the desert

By whatever name,
larrea tridentata
will sweeten the rain,
carrying the desert’s breath
in a long and lonely sigh.

As I prepare to leave Arizona for Virginia, I have spent some time taking last sniffs and photos of my favorite desert plant, the creosote bush.
I’ve also researched its other names, hoping to find something prettier. According to Wikipedia, “Larrea tridentata is known as creosote bush and greasewood as a plant; as chaparral as a medicinal herb; and as gobernadora in Mexico. It is Spanish for “governess”, due to its ability to secure more water by inhibiting the growth of nearby plants. In Sonora, it is more commonly called hediondilla.”
I’ve found out where to buy the essential oils and the seeds, and how to plant and raise them. But will I actually order them? The answer must wait for a rainy day.


  1. Denise,
    Well, happily we’re getting rain here today, so I looked up your Chaparral/Creosote and it seems quite amazing. Many medicinal properties. It’s the oldest specimen in the Mojave Desert is 11,700 yrs old:) We have been growing traditional herbs on our patio. Sage, Rosemary, Tyme, Peppermint. We’re getting some large boxes made to plant other plants in. Very exciting, as we haven’t much yard space. A botanical friend who makes botanical headdresses and skirts is bringing us some Milkweed to attract more butterflies. I’d eventually like to make some salves and tinctures from what we grow. Many Blessings, Jan

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