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ERICAMERIA nauseosa

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ERICAMERIA nauseosa

Plant Common Name

Dwarf Blue Rabbitbrush, Rubber Rabbitbush

General Description

The bright blooms of this small, drought resistant evergreen shrub color the plains and deserts of western North America in late summer and early fall. Its upright, branching, knee-high to head-high stems are furnished with narrow, fuzzy, silvery or green leaves. The lower branches of this dense mounding shrub may become barren with age. Clusters of frothy, brilliant yellow flowers envelop the plant in late summer and early fall, providing valuable nectar for bees and butterflies. Flowers are followed by cottony seeds which scatter on the winter winds.

Like many dryland plants this shrub prefers ample sun and well drained soil. Periodic watering in summer may be beneficial. It is an ideal candidate for informal borders, foundation plantings, and low hedges in arid gardens, requiring little to no care once established.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    2'-6' / 0.6m - 1.8m

  • Width

    2'-6' / 0.6m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Central United States, Western United States, Northwestern United States, Southwestern United States, California, Canada, Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Gold

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Bark Color

    Gray, Silver

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes