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Ericameria nauseosa ~ Rabbit Brush

Ericameria nauseosa grow through much of California's hot interior up to an elevation above 10,000 feet and also grows through much of the Plains, Rockies and points West. Rabbit Brush grows in disturbed areas, requiring little rainfall and scanty soils. The latin name for Rabbit Brush name, Chrysothamnus nauseosus has been changed to Ericameria nauseosa, though as usual the change is slow to trickle through the nursery trade and the former name is often still used at a variety of nurseries. Ericameria nauseosa grows 2-4 feet tall. The silver foliage is topped by golden yellow flowers when moisture is available Summer into Fall. There are a wealth of butterflies that regularly visit the late blooming Rabbit Brush including the Mournful Duskywing, Gray Hairstreak, Hedgerow Hairstreak, White Checkered Skipper, Great Purple Hairstreak, California Common Ringlet, and Painted Lady. Ericameria nauseosa is quite fragrant, some folks are allergic to the pollen in the air so this is not likely a positive aspect for everybody. The related Ericameria linearifolia, Narrowleaf Goldenbush is another great pollinator.

Ericameria nauseosa, Rabbit Brush

Flowers and foliage of Ericameria nauseosa - Rabbit Brush. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

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