- Peganum harmala is a perennial plant with a low-growing, bushy habit reaching 2-3 ft. (0.6-0.9 m) in height.
- Leaves are succulent, dark green in color, smooth, fleshy, alternate, irregularly divided, and 0.8-2 in. (2-5 cm) long.
- The white, five-petal flowers have green sepals and yellow stamens. They are present from late spring to early fall in the axils of the leaves.
- Seeds are medium-size and found in a 2-celled or 4-celled green capsule that dries and bursts open at maturity. The plant also spreads by lateral roots.
- Ecological Threat
- Peganum harmala is found in disturbed environments such as roadsides and fields in desert to semi-desert areas. The plant is found in many western states and can be poisonous to people and livestock. It is native to the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Images from Bugwood.org