Turpentine bush (Ericameria laricifolia) belongs to the Asteraceae (the Aster family). It is an evergreen shrub that is native to the southwestern United States. This shrub grows in desert scrub and woodlands, and reaching 50-100 cm in height. It is generally hairless, somewhat glandular, and aromatic. It sometimes has naked stems at the base but the upper branches are densely foliated in needlelike, pointed leaves 1-3 cm long. The many erect branches bear inflorescences of bright golden yellow flower heads, each with up to 16 long disc florets and as many as 6 ray florets.