Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Brickellia californica

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Brickhellia californica
Brickhellia californica
Brickhellia californica
Brickhellia californica

Botanical Name: Brickellia californica
Common Name: California Brickellbush

Extremely fragrant plant fills the air in summer. Highly recommended for aromatic gardens.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 4' H x 3 - 6' W
Growth Habit: Spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 25 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer/Fall
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Throughout Southern California
Natural Habitat: Washes and dry slopes up to 8,000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Throws up many stems from a shrubby base, forming a bushy plant 2 to 3 feet high, with somewhat triangular or slightly cordate leaves and many small insignificant flowers. Not desirable for its appearance but for the delicious fragrance which it imparts to the air on summer evenings. One or two plants will perfume the whole garden. Gallon cans, 50c."
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