Dwarf Chamisa fits better into home xeric areas and has green leaves, rather than gray or silvery. It's silvery stems combine well with its green foliage and yellow gold flowers. Although given the species and variety name "nauseosus" it has a pleasant fragrance. Dwarf chamisa blooms profusely in late summer and will readily re-seed.

Latin Name: Chrysothamnus nauseosus var nauseosus

Common Name: Dwarf Chamisa or Dwarf Rabbitbrush

Mature Height (ft): 18-24"

Mature Width: 18-24"

Mature Shape

Short woody perennial shrub.

Mulch: Inorganic.

Plant Type: 

  • Woody

Flower Color: 

  • Yellow, Gold

Flowering Season: 

  • Late Summer/Fall


  • Grayish green
  • Deciduous

Wildlife Relationships: 

  • Butterflies

Cold Hardiness: 

  • USDA Hardiness Zone 6

Heat Zone: 

  • AHS Heat Zone 8

Ideal Sun Conditions: 

  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sun

Water Requirement: 

  • Native -- Irrigation not necessary
  • Low -- Irrigate 1 inch every month

Soil Requirements: 

Dwarf Rubber Rabbitbrush