Isocoma menziesii

Menzies' goldenbush

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 4' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



This hardy little shrub grows in our coastal mountains from the SF Bay area to San Diego County and into Baja, Mexico. It becomes more common as one moves south in its range. In Santa Clara County it is a rare find in the Diablo Range, especially Alum Rock County Park. Menzies’s goldenbush is highly variable, with five recognized varieties. The most representative form is an expanding patch of upright branches covered with bright green, often needle-like leaves. The flowers are bright yellow and relished by many pollinators. It may flower from spring through fall, but more likely in the late summer through fall. A sunny spot with at least moderately well-draining soil will suit this goldenbush just fine.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen