Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database




Encelia actoni

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Species Name: Encelia actonii
Common Name: Acton Encelia

Pretty yellow sunflowers stand out against light gray-green foliage. Handles cold, sun, wind. Stems are more slender and delicate than other Encelia species.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 2' H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Low, compact shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring and summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Colorado and Mojave deserts; Owens and Death valleys, Northern Baja
Natural Habitat: Open areas, rocky slopes, roadsides 2400-5000'

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: Forms a spreading bushy plant 3 to 5 feet high with gray green stems and foliage. Flowers large, clear rich yellow on long naked stems and very showy. Easy to grow and under cultivation the plants flower for along time. The flowers are unsurpassed for cutting and last a long time in water. Gallon cans, 50c."
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