White-Stem Rubber Rabbitbrush

Ericameria nauseosa var. hololeuca

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Shrub
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Description: An excellent small deciduous shrub native to the western United States. Produces thick clusters of tiny golden flowers in late-summer, which attract a variety of pollinators. Aromatic gray-green leaves grow on waxy green stems and contrast nicely with other colors of plants even when not in bloom. Deep roots and leaf color account, in part, for its drought tolerance. Requires no additional watering once established and tolerates many soil types. Pruning will keep it looking tidy in the residential landscape.


Maintenance Type: Shrub - Renewal
Plant Care: Shrub - Renewal (woody multi-stemmed plants that lose their leaves every winter and look best on younger stems, which emerge from the base of the plant): Prune regularly to promote health, provide air circulation, maintain a desirable shape, and to remove dead or damaged branches. Pruning is best done in late winter to early spring for most shrubs. With spring blooming shrubs, prune after the blooms are spent. When pruning, remove 1/3rd of the oldest branches by cutting at the base of the shrub. Monitor for pests, diseases or other ailments on a regular basis.

Plant Attributes:

Mature Size: 4-5' tall and wide
Utah Native: Yes
Plant Select: No
Pollinator Friendly: Yes
Localscapes: Foundation Plant, Perimeter Plant
Foliage Interest: No
Foliage Colors: Gray-green
Bloom Colors: Yellow
Bloom Seasons: Late Summer
Bloom Period: Aug - Sep

Growing Conditions:

Hardiness Zone: 3 to 6
Light Requirement: Full Sun (6+ hrs sun)
Irrigation Requirement:     Very Low (Water to Establish)
Salt Tolerant: Unknown
Deer Resistant: Unknown

Garden Location:

  • Design Path
    • Easy Does It

Garden Staff Tips & Insights:

This shrub attracts lots of native pollinators.
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter