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PlantFiles: Chamisa, Rubber Rabbit-brush
Ericameria nauseosa

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Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ericameria (er-ik-kam-MEER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: nauseosa (naw-see-OH-suh) (Info)

Synonym:Chrysothamnus frigidus
Synonym:Chrysothamnus nauseosus
Synonym:Chrysothamnus nauseosus var. typicus
Synonym:Ericameria nauseosa subsp. nauseosa

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Category:
Shrubs

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:
Evergreen
Blue-Green
Aromatic

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

2 positives
2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral palmbob On Nov 12, 2013, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a common plant in my area (inland California high desert) where the countryside becomes a sea of gold in October to November. Plants grow here anywhere from just a foot tall to over 7' tall. Plants get nearly 0 water in this area (none at all from March or April on) yet still have enough left in them to bloom like crazy 6-8 months after the last drop of water hit the ground.... truly amazing plants.

This plant is nearly indistinguishable, at least in photos, from the other rabbitbrush in this area. Though that one is a different species (Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus) and tends to be much shorter (rarely over 2' tall). I really need to see them side by side in real life to finally feel good about which is which, but it seems any large Chamisas in our area are supposedly Ericameria, not Chrysothamnus (though Ericamerias used to be Chrysothamnus).

Neutral pajaritomt On Aug 15, 2006, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

Chamisa grows wild along the roadsides here and can become invasive if not carefully controlled in landscapes. Multiplies by seed and by underground runners. The brilliant gold color of the flowers are absolutely magnificent in the fall, though they are the source of hay fever for many. I love this plant but try to keep it out of my yard.

A friend went to her allergist recently and was told that the pollen on chamisa was to large to cause hay fever, but that when it bloomed many other plants which do cause hay fever bloom, too. It is a marker plant. And all these years I blamed it for my fall hay fever.

Positive Chuck1260 On Mar 26, 2005, Chuck1260 from Arroyo Grande, CA wrote:

Interesting plant with aromatic, gray green foliage and yellow flowers. It is very undemanding in its care. Mine is about three feet tall after two years.

Positive docaly On May 14, 2004, docaly from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

Native distribution of "Chamisa" or "Rubbery Rabbitbrush" as is commonly called in SW US is western North America: western Canada to CA, TX and northern Mexico.

Thrives in 3000-8000' elevation in dry, open areas. Often used as an accent, color foil, unsheared hedge/border or mass planted. Flower is sulfur to golden yellow dense clusters of feathery discs. Showy from 2-4 weeks in length depends on precipitation in Sept & Oct. Blooms fade to straw color. Foliage is blue-green with linear leaf structure, very often evergreen (can be deciduous in colder zones). Stems are woolly white, which is a nice contrast to its foliage. Seed is airborne with the pappus attached.

Other uses include erosion control, historical and contemporary use as a dye.

Interesting aromatic foliage, is very feathery looking, mounding grey-green. Can be over 5' tall if left alone in the garden; takes shearing well. Extremely drought tolerant once established, very low maintenance and is often used against perimeter walls, directly against house exterior walls in sunny locations. Wonderful plant!

Technical information taken from "Southwestern Landscaping with Native Plants," author: Judith Phillips. c. 1987, Museum of NM Press.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Huntington, Arkansas
Acton, California
Arroyo Grande, California
Montrose, Colorado
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, New Mexico
Altamont, Oregon
John Day, Oregon



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