Desert Snowberry

  • Plant Type: Perennial shrub.
  • Common Names: Desert Snowberry, Fragrant Snowberry, Long-Flower Snowberry.
  • Color: Red, pink
  • Flower Dimensions: 0.6 inches in length.
  • Flowering Seasons/Months: Spring and summer.
  • Desert with Desert Snowberry: Chihuahuan.

Desert Snowberry Flower Characteristics

Desert Snowberry

Symphoricarpus longiflora is an erect shrub of the Dipsacales family. It is often found in dry habitats.

  • The branches of the Desert Snowberry are lined with tiny spines. The bark of the Desert Snowberry is reddish.
  • The leaves of the Symphoricarpos longiflora are thick and fuzzy. They are lance-shaped with rounded tips. The leaves of the Desert Snowberry are not more than 0.8 inches in length.
  • The flowers of the Desert Snowberry are fragrant and tubular. These flowers appear singly or in pairs along the leaf axils. Their inflorescence is a raceme. Each flower is made up of 5 pointed lobes.
  • Both the flowers and the berries of the Desert Snowberry are attractive.

Symphoricarpos Longiflora

Desert Snowberry Facts

  • Symphoricarpos longiflora[1] is the only species of the Caprifoliaceae family represented at the Arches National Park.
  • The genus name “Symchoricarpos“has a Greek origin, “symphorein” and “karpos. ” This means “borne together” and “fruit” respectively. This refers to the berries of the plant, which are closely clustered.
  • The species name of the Desert Snowberry is “longiflorus, ” which means “long flower. “.
  • The Symphoricarpos plants[2] are chiefly grown for their attractive white or pinky-white fruits rather than the flowers.
  • The Paiute used the Desert Snowberry plant to treat stomach pains and indigestion.[3].

Suggested Reading: List of Flower Names

Cite This Page

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Key References
  • [1]“Longflower Snowberry (Long-flower Snowberry) – Arches National Park (U.S. National Park Service)”. Accessed September 13, 2022. Link.
  • [2]“Symphoricarpos – Trees and Shrubs Online”. Accessed September 13, 2022. Link.
  • [3]“SEINet Portal Network – Symphoricarpos longiflorus”. Accessed September 13, 2022. Link.


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