This plant grows well in the following regions:
- CVCentral Valley
- NCNorth and Central Coast
- SCSouth Coast
Fast-growing and usually short-lived. Native to dry woodlands, canyons, and mountain slopes of California. Typically grows 20 ft. tall and 12 ft. wide. Rounded dark green leaves that are felted on the underside. These bristly, rust-colored hairs will penetrate and irritate skin, so be sure to where gloves when pruning and locate away from paths and patios. Plant in front of a sunny wall in marginal climates. Excellent on dry hillsides. Will bloom heavily in spring, even when young.
Easily killed by over-watering. Will accept occasional light irrigation during summer only if drainage is excellent. Roots are shallow, so stake while young to prevent being blown over in windy areas. Prune off overly long shoots.
Several cultivars of various sizes exist, including 'California Glory', 'Dara's Gold', 'Ken Taylor', 'Pacific Sunset', and 'San Gabriel'. These cultivars are hybrids between F. californicum and F. mexicanum, the southern flannel bush, which is an endangered species from Southern California and northern Mexico.
- Full sun
- Very low water
- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Las Pilitas Nursery
- Los Angeles Times
- ‘Pacific Sunset’ at California Flora Nursery, The Watershed Nursery
- ‘San Gabriel’ at The Watershed Nursery
- ‘California Glory’ information from Inland Valley Garden Planner
- ‘California Glory’ information from the Missouri Botanical Garden
- ‘California Glory’ at San Marcos Growers, Las Pilitas Nursery
- Sunset Western Garden Book 2012 edition pg. 328