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Bruso, George H.
Ericameria nauseosa ssp. nauseosa (Pallas ex Pursh) Nesom & Baird
Chamisa, Rabbitbrush, Rubber rabbitbrush
Synonyms: Chrysothamnus nauseosus
USDA Symbol: ernan3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Rabbitbrush is a 2-5 ft., deciduous shrub with aromatic, blue-green, feathery foliage and dense clusters of bright-yellow, fuzzy flowers. When grown in well-drained soil it takes on a soft, mounded form. Wiry, white stems and dry seed heads create winter interest.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
AZ , CA , CO , ID , KS , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Sask. to s. B.C., s. to uplands of w. TX & Baja CA; rarely w. of the Cascades Native Habitat:
Dry grasslands, badlands, salt flats & foothills USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Sun Soil Description:
Clay-alkaline soils. Conditions Comments:
Cutting back in the winter will create a thick, bushy plant. Though rabbit brush is good for stabilizing open, waste places, it is considered a poisonous weed
on rangelands. Cool summers are a necessity. Unlike most native
species, rabbit brush flowers first at high elevations and last on lower slopes.
Propagate by seed or hardwood cuttings in late winter. Seeds viability is often low. Direct seeding is not recommended and since seedlings are easily transplanted, it is best to sow seeds on greenhouse flats. The species regenerates naturally from root Seed Collection:
The seed is an achene
which can be stripped off the shrub
or shaken onto tarps. Seed Treatment:
Seeds may benefit from a period of moist chilling. Commercially Avail:
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff