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encelia

encelia

Yellow daisy-like flowers, mild painkiller, used for toothaches, arthritic pain, mild analgesic. Common desert shrub with brittle stems. (sometimes called Brittlebush). up to 3 ft (1m). Yellow brown resin collected from the base of the plant can be heated and used as glue. A different, more fragrant, gummy sort of clear yellow resin is collected from the upper stems, used as chewing gum or to seal pottery vessels. Smells similar to frankenscense. Branch can be used as a toothbrush by peeling off the bitter bark, no need for toothpaste. Leaves triangular, simple, alternate; silvery, gray or whitish.
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deltoidea, triangle-leaf bursage) and Encelia farinosa (brittlebush), with scattered Cercidium microphyllum (follows nomenclature of Hickman, 1993).
First-timers can't miss the Borrego Palm Canyon Trail, a 3-mile round-trip flowering with brittlebush, desert lavender, and ocotillo.
Coming down County Highway S22, the normally scrubby slopes glow yellow with blooming brittlebush. Views of the valley floor reveal a desert cloaked in green.
Central Ave.; www.phoenix.gov/parks/hikesoth.html or 602/495-0222) provide miles of trails and spring-blooming brittlebush. There's a good 4.2-mile loop that starts by heading south on Kiwanis Trail, turning west on National Trail, north on Ranger Trail, then east on Las Lomitas Loop.
Plant natives that have low irrigation needs, like brittlebush or ceanothus, on the edges of your property, then spend your water on a more oasis-like planting closer to the house.
The furrows of the saguaros deepen, and wildflowers - orange poppies, purple lupine, and yellow brittlebush - regain the mellow richness that the bleaching midday light had stolen from them hours earlier.