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Ericameria palmeri

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About Palmer's Goldenbush (Ericameria palmeri) Palmer's Goldenbush (Ericameria palmeri) is a native shrub that grows in Southern and Central California, primarily in the South Coast, the Channel Islands and Sonoran Desert regions. It was formerly classified in the genus Haplopappus, and some sources may still refer to it by that name. There are two recognized varieties, one of which (var. palmeri) is rare and included on CNPS List 1B.1. It tends to grow in flats and slopes, at elevations from 0-2600 feet. While not the most attractive plant, it has wildlife value and is probably best suited for restoration projects or wildlife gardens. Its very late bloom time when little else is in flower makes it important for pollinators.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
3 - 13 ft (0.9 - 4 m)

Max. Width
3 - 10 ft (0.9 - 3.0 m)


Growth Rate


Flower Color

Flowering Season
Summer, Fall

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry flats and slopes of the coast, inland valleys and foothills


Elevation ?
20' - 7419'

Annual Precip. ?
7.2" - 33.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 2.45"

Coldest Month ?
33.5° F - 57.0° F

Hottest Month ?
61.0° F - 82.8° F

Humidity ?
0.70 vpd - 33.55 vpd

Soil Description

Fast, Medium, Slow

Companion Plants
Best suited for a "wild" garden along with Manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp.), Sagebrush (Artemisia californica), Ceanothus sp., Bush Poppy (Dendromecon rigida), Brittlebush (Encelia californica), Buckwheat (Eriogonum sp.), Bush Mallow (Malacothamnus fasciculatus), Bladderpod (Peritoma arborea), Sage (Salvia sp.), and various cactus and succulent species.

Wildlife Attracted
Numerous insects are attracted to the flowers in late summer/fall. Numerous seed-eating birds and small mammals are attracted to the seeds.

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low, Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Seldom Used

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Propagation ?
By seed

Common uses
Bird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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