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California Brickellbush

Brickellia californica

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Shrub, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Butterflies, moths
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
4 × 4
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season July-October
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range 25-30 °F
Leaf Description Heart-shaped and bright green
Fruit Small seeds with a fluffy crown, conspicuous.
Longevity
In years
15
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Elevation Range 2500-9000 ft.
Ethnobotany Used ceremonially; as a lotion for sores; for cough and fever; as a rub for headaches; and as a tea.
Description California brickellbush is a common plant in the southwest which grows across a wide geographic and elevation range. Not much of a show stopper on its own, this plant does well when combined with trees such as Palo Verde (Parkinsonia spp.), Ironwood (Olneya tesota), or Mesquite (Prosopis velutina), and shrubs like Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla), Saltbush (Atriplex spp.), Hackberry (Celtis pallida), and Mallow (Sphaeralcea spp.), as well as cacti including Cholla (Cylindropuntia spp.) and Prickly Pear (Opuntia spp.). When in bloom the flowers have a very pleasant fragrance.