Dwarf Blue Rabbitbrush

Chrysothamnus nauseosus var. nauseosus
2 feet high x 2 feet wide
Zone 4
Full Sun


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Plant Select® 2011! A native to Wyoming’s driest ecosystems, rabbitbrush can tolerate poor soils and high winds and still be a champ! Dwarf Blue is smaller in structure, more compact, and more silvery-blue than the species. In autumn, expect bright yellow flowers. Once established, it will need no supplemental watering, but can handle twice monthly watering. Will perform poorly if placed in a garden that requires frequent irrigations.

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Throughout this site, the following are used as guidelines for watering established plants:

water_drops_icon  These truly xeric plants can live with our 12 inches of natural annual precipitation and only need a winter watering during a multi-year drought, but they will thrive with a monthly watering. Overwatering will kill some of these.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants are adapted to intermittent deep watering with soil drying to a depth of a few inches between waterings. Watering frequency may be every couple of weeks during the active growing season and maybe only one winter watering for optimal care.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants need regular watering somewhat like a bluegrass lawn so that they never dry to depth in the root system during the active growing season, and need occasional winter watering to prevent root dessication and resultant plant death.

About sizes of our plants:

Sizes indicated with a # are roughly the equivalent in gallonage; so a #2 is about a 2 gallon pot size; b&b stands for balled and burlapped.