The Creosote Bush – Larrea tridentata
The creosote bush is found in parts of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, California, and even Mexico. It loves well-drained slopes and plains and usually grows over areas with a layer of caliche. The creosote bush has inch-wide twisted, yellow petals that typically bloom from February to August, though some actually flower all year round. After the creosote blooms, the flower turns into a small white fuzzy fruit capsule that has five seeds.
Why did we name our company after this bush?
The creosote bush is hardy, tolerates arid conditions, and is very common in the desert Southwest — basically, creosote is a tough plant. Desert USA calls it the “the essence of the desert.”According to Desert USA, it is believed that the creosote produces a toxic substance to prevent other plants from growing too near. Only when the soil below a creosote has been cleansed by rain will other plants grow for a brief time beneath them.
“The Cahuilla and others made a medicinal tea from creosote stems and leaves in the belief it was good for colds, stomach cramps, as a decongestant and even a cure for cancer. The tea, sweetened with honey, was also taken as a general health tonic upon waking.” (Desert USA).
Odor — refreshing or offensive?
George Wharton James wrote in Wonders of the Colorado Desert, that the creosote bush gives off a “very agreeable and refreshing odor.” Most believe that the creosote bush is what creates that great desert rain smell. But not everyone agrees — the Spanish word for the plant, hediondilla, actually means “little stinker.”
Information courtesy of: https://www.desertusa.com/creoste.html#ixzz5UJ5l80qW