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Chrysothamnus nauseosus

Rabbit Brush, Chamisa
Asteraceae (Compositae)
Deciduous, Shrubs


Erect, freely branching shrubs to 6 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide; branches are white, with greenish upper surfaces. Gray-green and narrow leaves often drop by bloom time in late summer or fall, when branching, flat-topped or somewhat rounded clusters of fluffy flowers appear at stem ends. Leaves and stems are strongly aromatic. Useful for roadside or naturalistic plantings, revegetation, low-care or no-care borders. Numerous subspecies of both plants described below exist; some are better suited than others to the coldest zones.

Chrysothamnus nauseosus

Native over a remarkably wide range, from Saskatchewan and British Columbia, Canada, south to Texas, Sonora, and Baja California. This species has very yellow flowers.

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