California sunflower (Encelia californica) in full bloom at Seaside Gardens, Carpenteria CA
California sunflower (Encelia californica) is native to coastal scrub below 1,600 feet from Santa Barbara County south to northwestern Baja California.
California sunflower Growing and Maintenance Tips
Dead-head plants regularly - about every two weeks - during flowering to prolong the blooming season and keep the plants looking good.
Cut plants back hard every year in winter after flowering to prevent the plant from becoming too messy and floppy.
Height: 2-4 Feet
Spread: 3-5 Feet
Spacing: 3-5 Feet
- California native
Growth habit (plant shape)
Season of interest (flowering)
- Attracts butterflies
- Attracts beneficial insects
- Attracts bees
- Soil erosion / Erosion control