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Encelia californica (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)
Encelia californica (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)

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Zones 7-16, 18-24
Full Sun
Minimal Water

Encelia californica

Deciduous, Shrubs, Flowers


Much-branched shrubs grow to 3 ft. high and 4 ft. wide, with typically sparse foliage that tends to drop in times of drought. Loose clusters of yellow daisies bloom in spring; after bloom, cut back by at least a third to encourage repeat flowering. Useful for out-of-the-way places out of reach of irrigation. Be especially careful not to overwater in summer in hot desert regions.

Encelia californica

Native to Southern California. Bright green leaves to 2 1/2 in. long; brown-centered flowers to nearly 3 in. across.

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