yellow rabbitbrush Asteraceae Chrysothamnus
viscidiflorus (Hook.) Nutt.
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, deciduous, long and narrow (up to 2 1/2 inches long, usually 1/8 inch wide), twisted.
Flower: Perfect, small yellow conical flowers borne in rounded clusters. Individual flowers have sticky glandular or pubescent bracts.
Fruit: Single tufted hairy achenes with angled or ribbed sides.
Twig: Young twigs are slender, round, grayish to pale green in color; may be somewhat pubescent. Cut twigs exude a milky latex that contains a high grade rubber called chrysil.
Bark: Fibrous, gray-brown, becoming shreddy.
Form: Erect shrub with multiple slender stems. Often grow in rounded mounds to 3 feet tall.
Looks like: gray rabbitbrush
- turpentine bush
- narrowleaf goldenbush
- Palmer's goldenbush
| Additional Range Information:
Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting yellow rabbitbrush.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson