southeastern-california

DISCLAIMER: I am not a scientist. This plant should not be ingested or put into the body without thorough research. This is merely a post about the way that I use this plant in my craft. Basic info gathered from Wikipedia

Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) AKA Stinkweed, Greasewood, Chaparro Gobernadora, Chaparral, and Hediondilla

Larrea tridentata is a prominent species in the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan Deserts of western North America, and its range includes those and other regions in portions of southeastern California, Arizona, southern Nevada, southwestern Utah, New Mexico and Texas in the United States, and northern Chihuahua and Sonora in Mexico. The species grows as far east as Zapata County, Texas, along the Rio Grande southeast of Laredo near the 99th meridian west.

it is an evergreen shrub growing to 1 to 3 metres (3.3 to 9.8 ft) tall, rarely 4 metres (13 ft). The stems of the plant bear resinous, dark green leaves with two opposite lanceolate leaflets joined at the base, with a deciduous awn between them, each leaflet 7 to 18 millimetres (0.28 to 0.71 in) long and 4 to 8.5 millimetres (0.16 to 0.33 in) broad. The flowers are up to 25 millimetres (0.98 in) in diameter, with five yellow petals. Gallsmay form by the activity of the creosote gall midge. The whole plant exhibits a characteristic odor of creosote, from which the common name derives.[5] In the regions where it grows its smell is often associated with the “smell of rain”.

Meanings of Creosote in spellcraft:

Rebirth/renewal, immortality (not literally, of course)—when the plant reaches the end of its life-span, the crown of the plant splits and form new crowns. when the old crown dies, it becomes a clonal colony from which another bush grows.

Order, logic, reasoning—Creosote bushes require a very specific amount of space between other plants in order for them to survive. As such, the bushes tend to space themselves very evenly in the wild, looking as though they were planted by man.

Water—This will make sense to anyone who lives in an area where creosote can be found. When it rains, the air carries the distinct smell of the bush. It is also a surprisingly sticky and moist plant

How I use it:

I collect fresh twigs and leaves from plants (They are so abundant here that I can just walk outside and grab some) and arrange them in my workspace depending on their purpose. Often, I mist with water to bring out the scent (The smell of Creosote is the significant part for me).

For those who do not live where Creosote can be easily found, Oil or the dried leaves and flowers will do. They can be ordered online