Rubber Rabbitbrush

Ericameria nauseosa

Ericameria nauseosa, also known as chamisa or rubber rabbitbrush, is a native shrub that is common in the low desert regions of the western United States. With its showy yellow flowers and ability to thrive in hot, arid conditions, chamisa is an excellent choice for a low desert pollinator garden.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Native
Origin: Western United States (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)
Family: Asteraceae
Size: 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide
Sun: Full
Watering: Low to moderate watering needs, once established. Chamisa can survive on natural rainfall in the low desert.
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast-growing
Soil: Well-draining soils, sandy or gravelly soils preferred
Temperature: Frost tolerant, but prefers warmer temperatures. Can handle extreme heat.
Disease and Pests:
Uses: 29 bee species rely on these plants.
Larval Host for 17 caterpillar species. Attracts a wide range of pollinators, including bees and butterflies, and provides habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Notes: Keystone species

Photo by radinis


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