The romantic name for Rabbitbrush, Chrysothamnus nauseosus | Chamisa is the most prevalent shrub of the west, as illustrated in Western artist Tim Cox’s paintings. Its form is dense, erect, multi -stemmed and even though it’s deciduous it still is visible during winter months. The leaves are long and very narrow and soft gray-blue. In late summer, bright gold, fluffy, flowers herald the coming of fall along highways, fence lines, and trails in deserts and foothills. Chamisa tolerates most soils with minimum supplemental watering. Even though the dry seeds heads are attractive in late fall and winter, it is advisable to trim the seeds to prevent it from spreading. In addition, pruning back in early spring keeps the plant soft. Or, trim up the lower branches to expose the gnarly trunk. Chamisa compliments any shrub or wildflower that comes to the gardeners imagination. Butterflies and native bees partake of the pollen supplied by this versatile shrub.

Growth rate: Fast

Height: 3ft-4ft

Width: 3ft-4ft

Full sun

Low water

Adapts to most soils

Yellow flowers in fall