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Encelia californica ~ California Brittle Bush, Coast Sunflower

Encelia californica is often found on the slopes near the coast. The California Brittle-Bush is often included in seed mixes used for repairing slopes and road shoulders. Encelia californica is typically 3 feet tall and grows to 4 or 5 feet wide. The Coast Sunflower blooms almost all year, but the best blooming periods are in the Spring and Fall. Encelia californica is tolerant of a wide variety of soils, but must dry out some between irrigation cycles. Encelia californica will naturally cross with Encelia farinosa if both are planted nearby. Encelia californica is frost tender.

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Encelia californica, California Brittle Bush, Coast Sunflower