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Chrysothamnus nauseosus (photo courtesy of David Cavagnaro)
Chrysothamnus nauseosus (photo courtesy of David Cavagnaro)

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Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 10, 11
Full Sun
Minimal Water

Chrysothamnus nauseosus

Rabbit Brush, Chamisa
Asteraceae (Compositae)
Deciduous, Shrubs


High-desert, Rocky Mountain natives. Erect, freely branching shrubs to 6 ft. tall and 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 (especially at lower elevations), when abundant clusters of fluffy flowers appear at stem ends. Foliage is aromatic. Useful for naturalistic plantings and low-care borders. There are numerous subspecies.

Plants are denser in full sun (but full sun at lower elevations can force summer leaf drop). Irrigation makes plants taller and lankier; prune in spring for compactness.

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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