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Brittlebush Seeds (Certified Organic)

A tender perennial desert shrub that blooms with yellow flowers in early spring.

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Brittlebush is a tender perennial desert shrub that blooms with yellow flowers in early spring. It is one of the most common and noticeable wildflowers in the Sonoran Desert. The wood is brittle, hence the name. The flowers and stems have a resin that has been used for medicinal purposes and everything from chewing gum to glue. The stems are rumored to have been used by cowboys as a toothbrush. The sap from the stems was used to make a burnable incense. Brittlebush is very easy to grow and makes a great addition to rock gardens or other low water use areas.

Additional Info

Botanical Name Encelia farinosa
Life Cycle Perennial
Min. Time to Germinate 7 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 21 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds Surface Sow; press seeds gently into the soil to make good contact, but do not cover with any additional soil; these seeds require light to germinate
When to Sow Indoors 4-6 weeks before last spring frost, Outdoors after all danger of spring frost is past
Growing Height 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Plant Spacing 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Hardiness USDA Zone 7a: to 5F, USDA Zone 7b: to 10F, USDA Zone 8a: to 15F, USDA Zone 8b: to 20F, USDA Zone 9a: to 25F, USDA Zone 9b: to 30F
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Danger N/A
Bloom Color Bright Yellow, Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bloom Time Late Spring/Early Summer
Foliage Aromatic, Blue-Green, Evergreen, Silver/Gray
Other Details Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping, This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds, This plant is resistant to deer
Soil pH Requirements 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Propagation Methods From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seeds Per Pack 50