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Plant type

Shrub

Size

3 - 9 ft Tall
3 - 9 ft Wide

Form

Mounding

Growth rate

Moderate

Dormancy

Winter Deciduous

Fragrance

Unpleasant

Color

Yellow

Flowering season

Summer, Fall

Common uses

Hedge

Rubber rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa) provides year-round visual interest in waterwise and pollinator gardens. This medium-sized shrub is a member of the Sunflower family and thrives in dry regions of the Western US. "Rubber" refers to the plant's sap and "nauseosa" is a nod to its pungent scent. The plant is also sometimes called chamisa.

Rubber rabbitbrush blooms from summer into fall. The tubular flowers are golden-yellow in color. They are attractive to butterflies, bees, and other late season pollinators. Even when not in bloom, the blue-green, needlelike leaves and pale stems add color to the landscape.

Rubber rabbitbrush is a low moisture plant that likes full sun and sandy, well-draining soil. It's a low maintenance shrub that can be used in soil stabilization and restoration applications. It normally grows to about 5 ft in height although some plants can reach 9 ft tall. Winter pruning shapes rubber rabbitbrush and encourages next year's blooms.

Sun

Full Sun

Water

Very Low, Low

Summer irrigation

Never irrigate once established

Ease of care

Easy

Cold tolerance

Tolerates cold to -15° F

Soil drainage

Fast

Soil description

Prefers sandy or decomposed granite soil. Tolerates sodic soil..
Soil PH: 5.0 - 8.0

Propagation

For propagating by seed: No treatment; 1-3 mos. stratification may hasten germination.

Can be used with a wide variety of plants from around the state including native grasses, Sagebrush (Artemisia spp.), Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata), Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia), Buckbrush (Ceanothus cuneatus or greggii), Oaks (Quercus spp.), and many others

Creosote Bush

Larrea tridentata

Joshua Tree

Yucca brevifolia

Caterpillars
Pollinators

Butterflies and moths supported

3 confirmed and 23 likely

Confirmed Likely

Ipsilon Dart|Black Cutworm|Greasy Cutworm

Agrotis ipsilon

Aristotelia argentifera

Aseptis susquesa

Tobacco Budworm Moth

Chloridea virescens

Site type

Occurs in a wide variety of settings and habitats, usually somewhat arid, including desert, foothills, inland valleys, woodlands, sagebrush scrub

Plant communities

Alkali Sink, Chaparral, Foothill Woodland, Joshua Tree Woodland, Northern Juniper Woodland, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Red Fir Forest, Sagebrush Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest,