September to October
2 to 3 feet
sun to light shade
USDA zones 4-9
Baby blue rabbitbrush is a small, mounding, sliver-leaved shrub. It's rounded shape gives it a very neat and tidy appearance. Growing only one to three feet tall, it fits well into most plant beds. This dwarf form of rabbitbrush is native to the western US and supports many insects and pollinators.
In September, each stem grows a cluster of golden yellow flowers that together, cover the entire plant. It's bright gold appearance can be the highlight of a fall landscape.
Baby blue rabbitbrush is very water-wise once established. Requiring only occasional watering, it is a great option for hot, dry areas where you want to minimize landscape maintenance.
Baby blue rabbitbrush has been a very reliable plant at the Demonstration Garden. We highly recommend it due to its low water requirements, tidy appearance and low maintenance needs.
Prune or shear off last year's seedheads and outer third of branches in late winter. This will create a tidy, bun-like mounding shape as the shrub leafs out in spring.