Encelia farinosa

Brittlebush
Plant Type

Shrub

Evergreen-Deciduous

Semi-Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Small

Mature Height & Spread

2-3′ x 3-4′

Exposure

Full sun

Water

Low water

Flower Color

Yellow

Bloom Time

Spring

Special Features

Low Water Use

Container Sizes

#1, #5

Natural Growth Habit

Rounding

Sunset Garden Zones

8-16, 18-24

Encelia farinosa or Brittlebush is a common desert shrub of northwestern Mexico through California and the southwestern United States. It can be found in a variety of habitats from dry gravelly slopes to open sandy washes and up to 3000 ft. elevations. It cultivates well and has spread in areas not natural to its distribution. Highway landscapers have begun to use it in large scale projects. Encelia farinosa grows to 3 ft. tall with fragrant leaves. It produces very attractive bright yellow daisy-like flowers at the ends of twigs on long stalks.

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