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Ericameria nauseosa
common rabbit-brush

Distribution: Chiefly east of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia to Oregon, east to Montana.

Habitat: Dry, open areas from the plains to moderate elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: August-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies, beetles, wasps


Broad shrubs up to 2 m. tall, the twigs flexible and covered with a felt-like layer of white hairs.


Leaves 2-7 cm. long and 0.5-3 mm. wide, 1-3 nerved, usually white-woolly.


Heads in terminal, rounded clusters; involucre 6-13 mm. high, narrow, its bracts 20-25, imbricate, papery; flowers all tubular, 6.5-11 mm. long, yellow.


Achenes usually pubescent.

Accepted Name:
Ericameria nauseosa (Pall. ex Pursh) G.L. Nesom & G.I. Baird
Publication: Phytologia. 75: 84. 1993.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Chrysothamnus nauseosus (Pall. ex Pursh) Britton [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Ericameria nauseosa in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Ericameria nauseosa checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Ericameria nauseosa information.

E-Flora BC: Ericameria nauseosa atlas page.

CalPhotos: Ericameria nauseosa photos.

USDA Plants: Ericameria nauseosa information.

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