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Mock Heather
Ericameria ericoides
About Mock Heather (Ericameria ericoides) Nurseries Show All Photos Ericameria ericoides is a species of flowering shrub in the daisy family known by the common names California goldenbush and California heathgoldenrod. This plant is endemic to California, where it grows in the sand dunes and coastal hills between the northern San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angeles area. This shrub rarely approaches a maximum height of one meter and is densely foliated with comblike fans of small cylindrical leaves up to a centimeter long. Its small erect branches are topped with flower clusters of small golden yellow flower heads, each with several disc florets and a few ray florets.

This is a great landscaping choice for sandy seaside conditions.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
2 - 3.5 ft (0.6 - 1.1 m)

Max. Width
3 - 4 ft (0.9 - 1.2 m)


Growth Rate


Comblike fans of small cylindrical bright green leaves up to a centimeter long

Flower Color

Flowering Season
Summer, Fall

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dunes and sandy soils


Elevation ?
-224' - 4336'

Annual Precip. ?
6.4" - 59.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.16" - 0.79"

Coldest Month ?
41.4° F - 56.7° F

Hottest Month ?
58.5° F - 77.4° F

Humidity ?
0.41 vpd - 25.07 vpd

Soil Description
Sandy dunes

Soil Texture
Loamy Sand, Sand, Sandy Clay, Sandy Clay Loam

Soil PH
6 - 7

Soil Toxicity Tolerance
Tolerates Saline Soil


Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 20 - 25° F

Sunset Zones ?
14, 15*, 16*, 17*, 22, 23, 24

Wildlife Attracted
Bees, butterflies and other pollinators

Butterflies ?


Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

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

Moderately Popular

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water, 1x/month
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Common uses
Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
California Goldenbush, California 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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