California brittlebrush Asteraceae Encelia californica Nutt. Listen to the Latin symbol: ENCA Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, evergreen (drought deciduous), broadly ovate to diamond shaped, 2 to 3 inches long, entire margins or with a few shallow scatered teeth, green above and below.
Flower: Very attractive, bright yellow daisy-like flowers, each 1 to 2 inches across, appearing at the ends of twigs in the spring or after rains.
Fruit: A composite of small achenes.
Twig: Barely woody, light reddish gray, hairless.
Bark: Gray and shallowly furrowed.
Form: Small mounding shrub up to 3 feet tall and equally as wide.

Looks like: brittlebush
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Additional Range Information:
Encelia californica is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting California brittlebrush.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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