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Ericameria nauseosa (Rubber Rabbitbrush)

Rubber Rabbitbrush, Gray Rabbitbrush, Chamisa, Common Rabbitbrush, Chrysothamnus nauseosus


Ericameria nauseosa (Rubber Rabbitbrush) is a vigorous, multi-branched, deciduous shrub boasting a profusion of bright golden-yellow flowers from late summer to mid fall. Borne in dense rounded clusters at the branch tips, the showy blossoms are followed by fluffy seed clusters through the winter months, which add texture and interest to the garden. Densely leafy, the erect, slender, flexible branches are covered with persistent, felt-like hairs and very narrow, green or blue-gray leaves. The foliage is strongly pungent-smelling when bruised. Native from western Canada to California, Texas, and northern Mexico, Rubber Rabbitbrush is valued for its flowers and the pollinators that are attracted by them. It has become popular in xeriscape gardens since its deep root system allows it to flourish in dry climates. The silvery-white foliage, abundant flowering, and tolerance for poor conditions makes it well suited for desert landscaping.

  • Grows up to 4-7 ft. tall and wide (120-210 cm). Self-sows abundantly where happy without being invasive.
  • Thrives in dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Once established it will want no irrigation in the summer. If given extra water and fertilizer, rabbitbrush can overwhelm the landscape.
  • Excellent for banks and slopes (erosion control), as a low hedge. Rabbitbrush is flammable, so do not plant it near buildings.
  • Generally pest and disease free.
  • Cut back in early spring to promote denser branching.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Native to the arid regions of western North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 7' (120cm – 210cm)
Spread 4' – 7' (120cm – 210cm)
Spacing 48" – 84" (120cm – 210cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Northeast, New York, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Hedges and Screens

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 7' (120cm – 210cm)
Spread 4' – 7' (120cm – 210cm)
Spacing 48" – 84" (120cm – 210cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Northeast, New York, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Hedges and Screens

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