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Shrub- California Sunflower

California Sunflower by Cliff Hutson
Common Name: Coast Sunflower or California bush sunflower

Botanical Name: Encelia californica

Family:  Asteraceae

Description: Native from Santa Maria to San Diego; semi-deciduous, fast growing shrub to 3 feet high and 5 feet wide

Sun: Full sun


Water: Drought tolerant to moderate; supplementing water in summer will improve appearance

Soil: Adaptable to many soil types

Habit and form: Many slender branches form the base

Flower type: 2 inch Daisy flower

Flower color & bloom season: Yellow flowers spring/fall

Uses for plant and/or flowers: Attracts pollinators especially butterflies and bees; beautiful cut flower

Pruning time & method: Frequent deadheading will prolong bloom season.  Cut back hard in late fall to refresh

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