brittlebush Asteraceae Encelia farinosa
Leaf:Alternate, simple, evergreen (drought deciduous), broadly ovate to triangular, 2 to 3 inches long, entire margins, silvery gray (nearly white when on very dry sites), white curly hairs particularly on the undersides.
Flower:Very attractive, bright yellow daisy-like flowers, each 1 to 2 inches across, appearing at the ends of twigs on long stalks (elevating the flowers well above leaves) in the spring or after rains.
Fruit:A composite of small achenes.
Twig:Barely woody, light reddish gray, young twigs are gray fuzzy and fragrant.
Bark:Gray and shallowly furrowed.
Form:Small mounding shrub up to 3 feet tall and equally as wide.