Buttercup bush has a playful golden splash of bright yellow flowers sometimes forming large clusters, which bloom year-round. Different parts of this plant have a variety of uses – the flowers are edible, the leaves, stems and roots can be used as a dye, and the branches have been used in basketry. Traditional medicinal treatments include its use for fever and dysentery. Will also attract butterflies!
Water: Moderate to Dry, can tolerate light drought
Hardiness: Small plants need frost protection, but once established can tolerate frost
Habit: Can grow up to 12' tall
Light: Full Sun
Soil: Thrives in moist, well-draining soil, but can tolerate clay and even sand
Origin: Mountainous areas of Central and South America, including Mexico, Guatemala and the Andes, now naturalized to some areas of coastal California
Additional Characteristics: Edible Flower, California Native, Nitrogen Fixer