Bassia scoparia is a species of flowering plant in the family Chenopodiaceae, native to the steppes of Central Asia. It is an annual herb growing to 50 cm tall, with oblong-lanceolate leaves up to 12 cm long. The flowers are small and greenish-white, borne in axillary clusters. The fruit is a small, dry, one-seeded nut.
How to care:
Bassia is a hardy plant that requires little care. It is tolerant of poor soils and can withstand drought conditions. It does best in full sun but can also tolerate partial shade. Bassia scoparia is not particular about soil pH and can grow in acidic, neutral, or alkaline soils. It is also resistant to salt and can be grown in coastal areas.
Bassia scoparia does not require fertilization, but a light application of compost or manure in the spring can be beneficial.
Bassia can be propagated by seed. The seeds should be sown in the spring in a sunny location.
Pests and diseases:
Bassia is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. However, it can be susceptible to root rot and fungal diseases if the soil is too wet.
Type of soil:
Bassia grows best in sandy, well-drained soils.
‘Green Mound’ is a cultivar of Bassia scoparia that is noted for its compact growth habit.
Bassia is tolerant of drought conditions and does not require a lot of water.
Bassia is often used as an ornamental plant in gardens and landscaping. It can also be used as a groundcover or as a filler plant in containers.