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California sunflower (Encelia californica) in full bloom at Seaside Gardens, Carpenteria CA

Encelia californica

California sunflower


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.


2-4 Feet


3-5 Feet


3-5 Feet

Encelia californica Characteristics


  • California native
  • Evergreen

Flower color

  • Yellow / Chartreuse

Foliage color

  • Green / Blue-green

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Upright


  • Sunny all day - Coast

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Spring

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts butterflies
  • Attracts bees
  • Attracts beneficial insects

Suggested uses

  • Erosion control