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Brickellia californica
Brickellia californica
Brickellia californica (California Bricklebush)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Foothills, montane. Canyons, rocky areas. Summer, fall.
Ouray Perimeter Trail, September 30, 2010.

By late September most white Brickellia californica flowers have faded to brown but their leaves are still green and healthy.  The pictured plants are about a foot tall, but Brickellia californica can grow to over three feet tall.  Brickellia californica thrives in rocky areas. 

Brickellia californica was first collected for science by David Douglas (of Douglas Fir fame) and it was at first named Bulbostylis californica by John Torrey and Asa Gray in 1841.  Asa Gray renamed the plant Brickellia californica in 1849.

Dr. John Brickell was an early American physician and naturalist. (Click for more biographical information about Brickell.)

Brickellia californica

Brickellia californica (California Bricklebush)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Foothills, montane. Canyons, rocky areas. Summer, fall.
Ouray Perimeter Trail, September 30, 2010.

Individual flowers are quite small but they are in dense clusters, and typical plants have so many dense clusters that the plant is very showy and attractive.

Brickellia californica

Brickellia californica (California Bricklebush)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Foothills, montane. Canyons, rocky areas. Summer, fall.
Ouray Perimeter Trail, September 30, 2010.

Brickellia californica

Brickellia californica (California Bricklebush)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Foothills, montane. Canyons, rocky areas. Summer, fall.
Ouray Perimeter Trail, September 30, 2010.

Leaves are alternate, they have petioles, they are 2/3 to 2 inches long and 1/2 to nearly two inches wide, and the leaf margins are crenate to serrate.

 

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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Brickellia californica

Range map for Brickellia californica