9 responses to “Ericameria nauseosa”

  1. George Trytten

    From whence the “nauseosus”?

  2. Becky Meyer

    I was hoping you’d explain the “nauseosus” part – sounds like it might be interesting.

  3. Douglas Justice

    The epithet nauseolus refers to the aroma of the foliage, which is mildly unpleasant when sniffed up close. Roy Lancaster, a renowned English plantsman who was visiting the Botanical Garden earlier this year collected a bit of this species on his way through the southern Interior. It was not in flower at that time and he did not have a field guide, so he left it in a bag on my desk for me to identify. It was a warm day, and after a few hours the smell in my office was, well, nauseating. Needless to say, I had no trouble with the identification.

  4. Daniel Mosquin

    I’ve read two different explanations for nauseosus: one is the “smell of the plant, which is sweet and cloying, but not nauseating” via the book Plants of Southern Interior British Columbia; the other is from a reference now removed from the web: “Nauseosus refers to the disagreeable flavor of the herbage”. I’ll investigate more fully next time I encounter it, but maybe someone else who has it growing locally (or experienced it) can comment on the smell (please don’t ingest any plants if you are not absolutely certain you have it identified correctly and are similarly certain it won’t make you sick).

  5. Daniel Mosquin

    Thanks Douglas, you hit the post button a few seconds before me!

  6. forkporker

    In Georgia this is called Rabbit Tobacco.

  7. Patricia

    My brother loves yellow flowers. He once had only yellow blooms around his house. I don’t think he has heard of these, otherwise, He would have had them.

  8. Steven Doyle

    I’ve tried this as a tea for a sore throat. It was effective, and not too unpleasant in taste. It is one of my favorite things about fall in Santa Fe. The beautiful golden yellow goes so well with the soft whitish green of the stems and leaves. I’ve never found the scent to be nauseating and used it often in bouquets when I lived there. Its lovely in the landscape wherever it can be grown well.

  9. Eleanor Ryan

    Rabbit bush is a great favorite with many butterflies in late summer. I would love to find a source for plants or seeds.

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