Encelia farinosa
by: Luis C.


First of all, this is my plant research report. I have found a lot of information about the Encelia Farinosa. I hope you will learn more about this plant when you are done reading.


The Encelia Farinosa is often called the Brittle Bush. Brittle Bushes come from the aster family. They are members of the sunflower family. Brittle Bushes grow best in slopes and washes.

Interesting Facts

Encelia Farinosas have three common names: Brittle Bush, Golden Hill, and Incienso. Encelias attract butterflies. They are shrubs. Butterflies like to eat their nectar. Birds love to eat their seeds. The Encelia’s color is yellow.


Encelia Farinosas can be found in many kinds of habitats. They usually grow in deserts. They are commonly found in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts. Encelias can also be found in the coastal chaparral and are native to southern California.

Plant Structure

Encelias have fragrant leaves. Encelias are small, deciduous shrubs. Encelia Farinosas have sharp-like edges. Brittle bush is a perennial shrub, which means it lasts for a long time. Encelias have greenish-gray leaves.


Encelia Farinosas can grow up to 59 inches tall. They usually grow in late winter and spring. In California, they usually grow 3 to 4 feet tall. Their width can be 3 to 6 feet.


Encelias could be used to make gum. They could be used to make toothpaste. Encelias can trap any moisture that is in the air and reduce the amount of water lost to dry air. They tolerate sand. They are excellent for butterfly gardens.


I hope you enjoyed my plant research report. My favorite part was about its uses, because it could do more than just attract animals. In conclusion, this was my plant research report.

Sources used:

"Encelia farinosa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." 2005. 21 Jan. 2014 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encelia_farinosa>

Bert Wilson. "Encelia farinosa, Incienso - Las Pilitas." 2008. 22 Jan. 2014 <http://www.laspilitas.com/nature-of-california/plants/encelia-farinosa>

"brittle_bush - Blue Planet Biomes." 2002. 21 Jan. 2014 <http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/brittle_bush.htm>

"Encelia farinosa - Brittlebush, Goldenhills, Incienso - Southeastern ..." 2010. 21 Jan. 2014 <http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/1036/encelia-farinosa-brittlebush/>

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