Encelia farinosa

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Species Name: Encelia farinosa
Common Name: Brittlebush or Incienso

Profuse bloomer! Soft, gray-white foliage. Tough and beautiful. Dried resin used as incense. Excellent high desert plant found locally in Palm Springs, Joshua Tree and Anza Borrego State Parks.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3-5' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Upright, dense
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to: Frost tender
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Southeastern California, adjacent to Peninsular Range and Desert.
Natural Habitat: Coastal scrub, stony desert hillsides to 3,500'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: Forms a spreading broad topped bushy plant 3 to 5 feet high with gray foliage from which rise many naked stems topped with golden yellow coreopsis-like flowers. The whole bush seems to bloom simultaneously and it is quite common to find plants with several hundred blossoms at one time. Grows on dry, rocky slopes. Gallon cans, 50c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.