Encelia californica 'El Dorado'

Common Name:
Bush sunflower
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Asteraceae (The Sunflower Family)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
2-3 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to occasional watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15-20 degrees F.
This is a common shrub in large areas of southern California, lighting up the chaparral in spring and early summer. It is round to dome shaped, up to 5 feet high, dressed with dark green lance shaped leaves. The flower heads are carried singly above the leaves, 2-3 inches broad and colored bright yellow with dark centers. This is a dryland plant, both heat and drought tolerant but demanding a sunny exposure and well drained soil, particularly near the coast. Hardy to 20 degrees F or less.