Ericameria nauseosa ssp. nauseosa var. nauseosa
Ericameria nauseosa (Pall. ex Pursh) G.L. Nesom & Baird ssp. nauseosa var. nauseosa
Rubber Rabbitbrush, Rabbitbrush
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Chrysothamnus frigidus, Chrysothamnus nauseosus, Chrysothamnus nauseosus var. nauseosus, Chrysothamnus nauseosus var. typicus
USDA Symbol: ERNAN5
Accepted name for this taxon under ICN rules is Ericameria nauseosa var. nauseosa. 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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: CO , MT , ND , NE , NM , OK , SD , TX , 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
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ericameria nauseosa ssp. nauseosa var. nauseosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ericameria nauseosa ssp. nauseosa var. nauseosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ericameria nauseosa ssp. nauseosa var. nauseosa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2021-04-15
Research By: TWC Staff