Encelia californica Nutt.
California brittlebush, Coast sunflower
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: ENCA
A broad, rounded subshrub, 3-4 ft. high and equally as wide. It is woody just at the base. Brittle, green branches occur in circular bunches and bear bright-green, oval leaves which remain on the plant year-round only in wetter years. Two in., daisy-like flowers appear on long, leafless stalks. The yellow ray flowers surround reddish-purple disk flowers.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA
Native Distribution: S. CA and Arizona south to Baja California and Sonora
Native Habitat: Coastal bluffs; sage scrub slopes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy or well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Cut back by half in fall before new growth begins.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by softwood cuttings or seeds sown in fall.
Seed Collection: Seeds must be hand-harvested.
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Encelia californica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Encelia californica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Encelia californica
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff