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Bruso, George H.
Ericameria nauseosa ssp. nauseosa var. nauseosa
Ericameria nauseosa (Pall. ex Pursh) G.L. Nesom & Baird ssp. nauseosa var. nauseosa
Rabbitbrush, Rubber rabbitbrush
Synonym(s): Chrysothamnus frigidus, Chrysothamnus nauseosus, Chrysothamnus nauseosus var. nauseosus, Chrysothamnus nauseosus var. typicus
USDA Symbol: ernan5
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
Cutting back in the winter will create a thick, bushy plant. Though rabbitbrush is good for stabilizing open, waste places, it is considered a poisonous weed on rangelands. Cool summers are a necessity. Unlike most native species, rabbitbrush flowers first at high elevations and last on lower slopes.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
, WY Native Distribution:
Saskatchewan south to uplands of w. Texas and New Mexico. Native Habitat:
Dry grasslands, badlands, salt flats, and foothills.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitWarning: Rabbitbrush has caused poisoning in livestock that have eaten it. Humans should generally avoid ingesting any plant that is toxic to animals.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff