Bassia scoparia f. trichophylla

Common Name: burning bush 
Type: Annual
Family: Amaranthaceae
Native Range: Asia, North America
Zone: 2 to 11
Height: 2.00 to 5.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: July to August
Bloom Description: Greenish
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Annual
Flower: Insignificant
Leaf: Good Fall


Easily grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Sow seed outdoors after last frost date. For earlier growth, sow seed indoors in pots about 4-6 weeks prior to last frost date. Site plants in locations protected from strong winds. Plants will self seed in the garden and can become somewhat weedy in USDA Zones 8-10. Propagate by seeds.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Bassia scoparia f. trichophylla, commonly called burning bush, is an upright, shrubby, warm weather annual that is primarily grown for its attractive shape, light green foliage and bright scarlet red fall color. It typically grows in a single season to 2-3’ (less frequently to 5’) tall with a globular to columnar habit. Branches are clad with feathery, narrow, light green leaves (2-3” long) that turn scarlet red in fall. Flowers are inconspicuous. Plants have a cypress-like form and soft foliage, hence the sometimes used common name of summer cypress. This plant is native to temperate Asia, but has escaped gardens and naturalized in parts of North America. Synonymous with and formerly known as Kochia scoparia f. trachophylla and Kochia trichophylla.

Genus name honors Ferdinando Bassi (1714-1774), Italian botanist and director of the Bologna botanic garden.

Specific epithet means broom-like.


No serious insect or disease problems.


Edging. Temporary screen or hedge. Plant in small groups. Containers.