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Cliff Goldenbush
Ericameria cuneata
About Cliff Goldenbush (Ericameria cuneata) Nurseries Show All Photos Ericameria cuneata is a species of flowering shrub in the daisy family known by the common name cliff goldenbush. This plant is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, where it grows on cliffs, mountainsides, and rocky hillsides. It is a small, hairy shrub reaching anywhere from ten centimeters to nearly a meter in height. Its wavy-edged leaves are rounded and oval-shaped, often with visible resin glands, and up to 2 and a half centimeters long. Atop each of the many erect branches is an flower cluster of several golden yellow flower heads, each with few or up to 70 disc florets and sometimes a few short ray florets.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
0.33 - 3.3 ft (0.1 - 1 m)

Flower Color

Flowering Season
Summer, Fall, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky outcrops, cliffs and slopes

Part Shade

Elevation ?
122' - 11712'

Annual Precip. ?
3.8" - 88.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.22" - 3.63"

Coldest Month ?
24.0° F - 54.6° F

Hottest Month ?
43.8° F - 86.7° F

Humidity ?
1.16 vpd - 37.45 vpd


Butterflies ?


Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

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

Common uses
Groundcovers, Bird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Cliff Heath-goldenrod, Cliff Heathgoldenrod

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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