Creosote bush, Larrea tridentata, is one of the more widespread desert plant species and can be seen all throughout the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan Deserts. This bush can get up to 12 feet tall and currently in Red Rock Canyon features showy little yellow flowers. When the heat kicks on this summer, the plant’s leaves will go from a dark green to an olive brown color. The leaves also have a shine on them that deflects sunlight to preserve water. When you see one, feel free to come up close to it, cup your hands, and breathe on it; creosote releases an enjoyable & sweet scent that you often can smell during desert rains.
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