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Ericameria nauseosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Astereae
Genus: Ericameria

See text.

For other species of rabbitbrush, see Chrysothamnus and Lorandersonia

Ericameria is a genus of shrubs in the Asteraceae or daisy family known by the common names goldenbush, rabbitbrush, turpentine bush, and rabbitbush. They are distributed in the arid western United States and northern Mexico. Bright yellow flowers adorn the plants in late summer. Ericameria nauseosa, (synonym Chrysothamnus nauseosus), is known for its production of latex.


This genus has a number of admirable landscape plants for heavily alkaline soils, but most species need extensive rejuvenation pruning every three years, making not ideal for common yards. Overwatering will kill the plants.

Ericameria species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Schinia argentifascia, Schinia tertia, Schinia unimacula and Schinia walsinghami.


Ericameria section Asiris[edit]

Ericameria section Ericameria[edit]

Ericameria section Macronema[edit]


  • Everitt, J.H.; Lonard, R.L.; Little, C.R. (2007). Weeds in South Texas and Northern Mexico. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press.  ISBN 0-89672-614-2

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