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Brittlebush, Incienso
Scientific Name: Encelia farinosa A. Gray
Family: Asteraceae
Brittlebush, Incienso (Encelia farinosa)
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Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 10-13
USDA: 9b-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 26 F (-3C)

Heat Tolerance: Heat resistant

Sun Exposure: Full sun, tolerates reflected heat

Origin: Southwestern USA, northwestern Mexico, Baja California, below 3000 feet elevation (900 m)

Growth Habits: Short lived evergreen bush, herbaceous with a woody, succulent base, fast growing 3 to 5 feet tall and wide (0.9-1.5 m); alternate, simple, oval or triangular greenish-gray to silvery leaves, 0.7 to 3 inches long (5-7.5 cm), 0.32 to 1.2 inches wide (0.8-3 cm) depending on the water availability.

Watering Needs: Little to no water when established, needs good drainage

Propagation: Easy by seed

The Brittlebush is one of the species that doesn't look as good if overly watered. It then tends to become overgrown and leggy.
The resin was chewed by the natives, and burned as incense in the early missions.
The leaves of the brittle bush produce a substance, toxic to other plants in the proximity.
Brittlebush, Incienso (Encelia farinosa)

Cultural Practices:
Trim the spent flower heads as needed, and cut back in the fall to keep compact.

Blooming Habits:
Yellow daisy like flowers, up to 2 inches in diameter (5 cm), mostly in spring, and occasionally the rest of the year.

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