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Punctate Rabbitbrush
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Ericameria paniculata

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About Punctate Rabbitbrush (Ericameria paniculata) Mojave Rabbitbrush (Ericameria paniculata) is a native perennial herb that grows in southern and central California. It tends to grow at elevations from 1300-5200 feet.Ericameria paniculata (syn. Chrysothamnus paniculatus) is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common names desert rabbitbrush, Mojave rabbitbrush, catclaw rabbitbrush, black-banded rabbitbrush, sticky rabbitbrush, and punctate rabbitbrush. It is native to the deserts of the southwestern United States.This plant is a branching shrub reaching up to 2 meters tall. The spreading or erect stems are glandular and resinous and are often banded or splotched with black from a fungus. The glandular leaves are up to 3 or 3.5 centimeters in length. The inflorescence is an array of flower heads, each of which contains 5 to 8 disc florets and no ray florets. The fruit is up to a centimeter long including its long pappus. They are wind-dispersed.This plant is found in a great variety of habitats, including disturbed areas such as roadsides. It tolerates poor soils. It may be found alongside creosote, Joshua tree, baccharis, white burrobush, desert saltbush, and catclaw acacia.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
3.3 - 6.6 ft (1 - 2 m)

Flower Color

Flowering Season
Summer, Fall, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Desert flats, poor soils, disturbed areas


Elevation ?
17' - 7763'

Annual Precip. ?
2.5" - 15.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.19" - 3.11"

Coldest Month ?
33.3° F - 61.1° F

Hottest Month ?
57.3° F - 89.5° F

Humidity ?
1.12 vpd - 47.01 vpd

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

Common uses
Groundcovers, Bird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Chrysothamnus paniculatus

Common Names
Mojave Rabbitbrush, Desert Rabbitbrush, Catclaw Rabbitbrush, Black-banded Rabbitbrush

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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