Encelia californica 'El Dorado'

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Species Name: Encelia californica 'El Dorado'
Common Name: El Dorado Bush Sunflower

A selection by the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden similar to E. californica but has yellow flowers with a purplish-brown centers. Easy to grow. Attracts many insects, including butterflies. Recommended as background shrub, especially among wildflowers.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 4' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Sun to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: Frost tender
Flower Season: Spring/Fall
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Selected by the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Natural Habitat: Coastal scrub. Elevation: below 600 meters.

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  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.