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Ericameria nauseosus

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Ericameria nauseosus

Rubber Rabbitbrush

Community: Desert

Brief Description

Sagebrush companion with bonus of golden autumn blooms.

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  • Unique Contrast Plant
  • Silvery Green Foliage
  • High Drought Tolerance
  • Persistent Winter Leaves

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Availability: Temporarily sold out. New inventory is made available in the spring and fall of each year.

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Plant Description and Details

Striking, fine silvery leaves make Rabbitbrush a great fit for a dry area that needs an accent or contrast plant. Try it with Sagebrush for a pretty texture contrast in silvery bluish greens. Explodes in intensely golden flowers in late summer. Used medicinally by Native Americans. Scientists explored using Rabbitbrush as an alternate source of latex during the WWII rubber shortage.

Common Names Rubber Rabbitbrush
Community Desert
Annual Water Needs Less than 10 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Slopes and flats from WA southeast to NV and CO.
Native States CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun - Part Shade
Soil Preference Dry, Well Drained
Placement Excellent accent plant or part of a naturalized shrubby area. Grows vigorously with medium water supply.
Mature Height 4 - 6 ft.
Mature Width 5 ft.
Group Spacing 8 - 12 ft.
Blossom Color Gold
Blooms Fall
Maintenance Tips Remove dead stems and/or prune back to several inches above woody base in February/Early March to promote fresh growth.
Wildlife Birds, Butterflies, Mammals, Pollinators
Wildlife Notes Deer and Sheep browse. Good cover for small rodents and jackrabbits.
Plants Symbol ERNAN
Family Name Asteraceae
Lewis & Clark Yes

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