Encelia frutescens Encelia frutescens Encelia frutescens - Button Brittlebush
Common Name Green Brittlebush, Button Brittlebush
Latin Name Encelia fructescens
Native Habitat Southern California slopes below 4,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once or twice per month
Height X Width 3 feet X 3 feet
Protective Mechanism Aromatic oils discourage browsers
Leaves Evergreen, aromatic silver leaves
Garden Suitability Thornless, Songbird, Butterfly
Ornamental Value Yellow flowers blooming all spring, fragrant
Nature Value Butterflies and bees, use flowers; browse for deer and bighorn sheep, important food for desert tortoise
Native American Uses Dried leaves used as tender to start fires
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=2966
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encelia_frutescens
    Images and data http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/yellows/yellow25.html
    Images and data http://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/taxa/index.php?taxon=3674
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    Images http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=%22Encelia+frutescens%22
    Data http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/encfru/all.html
    Data http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=250066498
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ENFR
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/nature-of-california/plants/encelia-frutescens
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Encelia+frutescens