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Shrub- Brittlebush

Encelia farinosa photo Miguel Vieira
Common Name:  Brittlebush

Botanical Name:  Encelia farinosa

Description:  Perennial, native to the Southwest

Sun:  Full sun

Water:  Low to none.  Water during prolonged drought periods

Soil:  Adaptable, good drainage

Habit and form:  Much branched shrub grows 3 to 4 feet high, up to 4 feet wide

Flower type: Loose clusters of yellow daisies

Bloom season:  Blooms in spring

Pruning time & method:  Cut back after spring bloom by at least one-third to encourage repeated flowering

Maintenance tips:  Remove unsightly seed heads after blooms fade to expose attractive foliage; cut back in fall to promote herbaceous growth

Common problems:  No significant problems

Comments:  Typically sparse foliage tends to drop in times of drought; useful for places out of reach of irrigation. Attractive to butterflies; birds like the seeds,

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