Our mystery seeds from last week were from brittlebush, Encelia farinosa.
Brittlebush is a common plant, native to the southwestern United States.
It has silvery green leaves and is covered with bright yellow flowers in the spring. It can reach five feet tall and forms a rounded mound. It is a perennial.
The "flowers" are actually daisy-like composites.
The intense yellow flowers produce clusters of seeds.
The brittlebush seeds in the photographs last week were not quite mature. Notice the mature seeds above are darker and filled out more. They still have the intriguing fringe, though.
Brittlebush grow readily from seeds.
In the past humans have used brittlebush resins as a form of chewing gum and for burning as incense.
Isn't it a beautiful and interesting plant?
Have you ever seen brittlebush in bloom?