Chrysothamnus nauseosus La Plata
Silver Leaf Rabbitbrush
Details5-7 ft. wide x 5-7 ft. tall. Silver Leaf Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus La Plata) is a showy, native shrub with finely-textured silver-gray foliage and an eye-catching display of golden-yellow flowers. A garden stand-out, the late-summer-early fall blooms are sure to draw a cloud of butterflies to your yard. (Ericameria nauseosa)
|Common Name||Silver Leaf Rabbitbrush|
|Botanical Name||Chysothamnus nauseosus La Plata|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Mature Height||5-7' tall|
|Mature Spread||5-7' wide|
|Bloom Time||Early to mid fall|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Very Drought Resistant / Very Waterwise, Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30"|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Native|
|Special Groups||High Country Gardens Exclusive, High Country Gardens Introduction|
|Ideal Region||Western Only, Southwest, West|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
The shrubs and trees we sell are 1-2 year-old seedlings. These young plants appreciate some extra attention during their first 3 years in your landscape.
Preferred growing conditions:
- Check each species soil preferences before planting. Some do well in clay while others do not.
- Mulch with common mulching materials. As they get larger (2 ft. or more in height), thicken the mulch layer to a depth of 2-3 inches.
- Even xeric (waterwise) species will establish better and grow more quickly when given regular irrigation during the first 3 years in the garden. As they begin to reach maturity, watering frequency can be reduced to a good deep soaking every 10 to 14 days during the heat of summer.
- Plant in full sun or part sun depending on plant preference.
- Dig a wide but shallow hole and enrich the soil with ample amounts of compost and Yum Yum. This will help them to grow and mature more quickly. Special comments:
- Most native shrubs and trees are highly recommended for providing wildlife habitat (nesting spots, fruit or seeds for songbirds and mammals, nectar for pollinators).
- They are excellent for use to grow as natural (un-sheared!) hedges along fences, property lines and driveways. They live for many years once established. Garden Care:
- Fertilize in the fall with Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost. This is most important during the first 3 years in the landscape. Established plants don't need to be fertilized (unless growth is stunted by extremely poor soils).
- Where browsing animals (rabbits, deer and others) are a problem, it is advisable to protect young plants with a wire cage. These can be removed after 3-4 years in the ground.
- Mulching is essential to maintain the soil moisture these woody plants need to establish their deep growing roots. Be sure and replenish the mulch in fall and summer to keep it sufficiently deep.
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- Accurate Instructions
I'm using it to buffer my current garden and as an experiment in my gardening area. I live in a high altitude arid area and so far It seems to be doing well. The planting instructions were clear and straight forward.
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- Looks Great ALL Year
- No pruning required
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One of my absolute FAVORITE native plants that lends itself perfectly to almost any SUNNY growing conditions. It does need full sun, in my experience, and will not grow with less than 6 hours of full sun a day (it can take as much sun as you've got, don't worry whether it's getting too much...it isn't).
Other than needing sun and an initial watering in, you can truly abuse this plant. It might not grow to quite as large as in the photos, but it will survive, bloom and be gorgeous! On our property we have 30+ of these and we never amend the soil or fertilize, we never water after initial transplant...we have even accidentally MOWED them when they were small...they just keep on keeping on!
The dense, spherical growth pattern NEVER NEEDS PRUNING and provides usable habitat for small creatures (the Hawks and other predators can't reach them from deep inside a rabbitbrush)!
In my opinion, this plant is a stunner year round. It is attractive even when not in bloom because of its pretty shape and dusty, sage-like green leaves. After rabbitbrush lights up the late summer and fall with its gorgeous clusters of yellow flowers (similar in shape to yarrow or sedum/stonecrop), the seed heads keep their shape and turn a lacy tan for the winter. They shiver gracefully in the wind and when there is snow on them, the effect is divine.
So, yeah...get this!
Our growing conditions are 14 sporadic inches precipitation per year, zone 7, 5000 ft elevation high desert.
Rabbitbrush is fun to mix and match with other natives and to my eye, the nice shape and colors of it compliments just about any other Xeric, full sun plant. Some of my favorites to mix with it include lavender, red hot poker, Aster, desert willow, any penstemon or agastache and globe mallow, with a few yarrow, stonecrop and blanket flower just for fun :)
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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