Encelia farinosa     
Brittle bush   
Asteraceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Brittle bush
Encelia farinosa in modest bloom
Form: rounded, almost herbaceous, shrub
Seasonality: evergreen, or perennial
Size: 3ft with equal spread; rapid growth
Leaves: triangular, simple, alternate; silvery, gray or whitish; top is uniform, underside more pubescent
Flowers: terminal clusters of composite, daisy-like yellow flowers; held on stalks above foliage; bloom in spring and then sporadically in response to rain
Fruit: seed
Stems/Trunks: herbaceous habit; lower stems are semi-succulent, storing water
Range/Origin: throughout the Sonoran and Mohave deserts
Hardiness: tip damage in the twenties; recovers quickly


flower close-up
flower detail




desirable for silvery color; over watering causes the plant to be more green

in revegetation mixes, use low percentage of E. farinosa because it tends to dominate others in mix

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