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Chrysothamnus pulchellus (Southwestern rabbitbrush)
Cox, Paul

Chrysothamnus pulchellus

Chrysothamnus pulchellus (A. Gray) Greene

Southwestern Rabbitbrush, Rubber Rabbit Brush

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Chrysothamnus pulchellus ssp. elatior, Ericameria pulchella, Ericameria pulchella var. elatior

USDA Symbol: CHPU4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Margin: Entire
Inflorescence: Cyme
Size Notes: Up to about 28 inches tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


Native Habitat: Deep sandy soils.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Heat Tolerant: yes

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Chrysothamnus pulchellus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Chrysothamnus pulchellus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Chrysothamnus pulchellus


Record Modified: 2022-12-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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