Bassia hyssopifolia

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5-Hook Bassia, 5-Horn Smotherweed

Bassia hyssopifolia (Pall.) Kuntz


Echinopsilon hyssopifolius (Pall.) Moq.

Kochia hyssopifolia (Pall.) Schrad.

  • Moss, Flora of Alberta – Occasional
  • Global Invasive Species Database – No
  • NatureServe Rank – Low
  • Haber, Upland – No
  • Haber, Wetland – No
  • CWF, Status & Invasive Range – No
  • Alberta Revegetation Guidelines – No
  • The Nature Conservancy – Yes, w/ ESA
  • CBCN – No
  • AB Weed – No


Not reported as a problem in Alberta, but does occur here and is a problem in the US.

[[1]] Link to Wikipedia, Bassia hyssopifolia "...Bassia hyssopifolia is a species of flowering plant in the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae, known by the common names five-horn smotherweed, five-hook bassia, and thorn orache.[1] It is native to parts of Asia and Eastern Europe, and it is known on other continents as an introduced species, including North and South America and Australia.[2] It is a weed, invasive at times..."

[2] Link to Bugwood Invasipedia for extensive information on biology, ecology, and management of this species.

[[3]] Link to CANADIAN POISONOUS PLANTS INFORMATION SYSTEM - "...Five-hooked bassia (Bassia hyssopifolia) is a naturalized herb found in southern parts of western Canada. The plant is suspected of poisoning livestock. James et al. (1976) report experimental poisoning of sheep after they were fed macerated above-ground parts of the plant..."

[[4]] Link to USDA Plants Database, Profile Page for Bassia hyssopifolia (Pall.) Kuntz, fivehorn smotherweed

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Map references

sample: Map data for T. ramosissima