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Rubber Rubberbrush
Ericameria nauseosa
About Rubber Rubberbrush (Ericameria nauseosa) Nurseries Show All Photos Chrysothamnus nauseosus, also known as rubber rabbitbrush, gray rabbitbrush, or Chamisa, is a shrub of the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family that grows in the arid regions of western North America. Despite its common name, it is not restricted to the Mohave Desert or deserts generally but is widespread in California. Due to its wide geographic distribution, there are nine currently recognized varieties in California, indicating significant variation within the species. It is typically a shrubby, 12 to 90 inch (30-230 centimeter) perennial, producing pungent-smelling, golden-yellow flowers in late summer and early fall. Flower heads are numerous and occur in umbrella-shaped terminal clusters of disc florets only. The shrub reproduces from seeds and root sprouts. Leaves, depending on the subspecies, are long and narrow to spatula-shaped. Both the flexible (rubbery) stems and the leaves are greenish-gray with a soft felt-like covering. When not in flower the plant is not especially attractive. It is valued for the flowers and the pollinators that are attracted by them.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
3 - 9 ft (0.9 - 2.7 m)

Max. Width
3 - 9 ft (0.9 - 2.7 m)


Fragrant - Unpleasant

Growth Rate

Winter Deciduous

Flower Color

Flowering Season
Summer, Fall

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Occurs in a wide variety of settings and habitats, usually somewhat arid, including desert, foothills, inland valleys, woodlands, sagebrush scrub


Elevation ?
38' - 14090'

Annual Precip. ?
3.8" - 133.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.17" - 4.47"

Coldest Month ?
10.8° F - 55.4° F

Hottest Month ?
34.1° F - 84.0° F

Humidity ?
0.48 vpd - 34.69 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or decomposed granite soil

Soil PH
5.0 - 8.0

Soil Toxicity Tolerance
Tolerates Sodic Soil


Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to -15° F

Companion Plants
Can be used with a wide variety of plants from around the state including native grasses, Sagebrush (Artemisia sp.), Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata), Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia), Buckbrush (Ceanothus cuneatus or greggii), Oaks (Quercus sp.), and many others

Wildlife Attracted
Numerous bees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Very Easy

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

Seldom Used

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


Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment; 1-3 mos. stratification may hasten germination.

Common uses
Hedges, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Other Names
Botanical Names
Chrysothamnus nauseosus

Common Names
Chamisa, Common Rabbitbrush, Gray 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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