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Brickellia cylindracea (Gravel-bar brickellbush)
Richardson, Charmaine

Brickellia cylindracea

Brickellia cylindracea A. Gray & Engelm.

Gravel-bar Brickellbush

Asteraceae (Aster Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

72 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate , Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate , Obovate
Leaf Margin: Crenate , Serrate
Leaf Apex: Acute , Obtuse
Leaf Base: Cuneate
Inflorescence: Raceme
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov



Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Heat Tolerant: yes
Conditions Comments: Brickell-Bush has a wonderful fragrance. It needs to be watered once per week in most areas for the first year. Do not put in a highly visible area as, although the plant is not ugly, it is not pretty either.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Minimal

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
Nueces River Authority - Uvalde, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0619 Collected Oct 30, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth White

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-621 Collected 2007-10-29 in Hays County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Brickellia cylindracea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Brickellia cylindracea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Brickellia cylindracea


Record Modified: 2022-12-16
Research By: RLU

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