Hyper-local yet generally underappreciated, Brickell Bush is a summer-verdant species that can be found thriving in the brutal heat of Southern California’s dry foothills.
A member of the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family, Brickell Bush blooms during the sweltering, summer months, providing support to local pollinators at a time when the abundant flowering of spring has long passed. This unprepossessing plant’s flowers are not particularly showy, but they exude a pleasant fragrance that may remind you of your favorite hiking trail and the seed heads beautifully catch the late summer light.
Much like Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis), another low-key member of the Asteraceae family, Brickell Bush will provide both habitat and a somewhat neutral, green backdrop for the more extroverted species in your garden. This is an extremely low-maintenance plant requiring virtually no supplemental water once established. All it needs is a hard trim after setting seed. It will respond with lush, new growth over the course of the rainy season.