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Chrysothamnus nauseosus ~ Rabbit Brush (syn Ericameria nauseosa)

Chrysothamnus nauseosus grow through much of California's hot interior up to an elevation above 10,000 feet and also grows through much of the Plains, Rockies and points West. Rabbit Brush grows in disturbed areas, requiring little rainfall and scanty soils. The Rabbit Brush name, Chrysothamnus nauseosus has been changed to Ericameria nauseosa, though as usual the change is slow to trickle through and the former name still seems to be more commonly used. Chrysothamnus nauseosus grows 2-4 feet tall. The silver foliage is topped by golden yellow flowers when moisture is available Summer into Fall. There are a wealth of butterflies that regularly visit the late blooming Rabbit Brush including the Mournful Duskywing, Gray Hairstreak, and Painted Lady. Chrysothamnus nauseosus is quite fragrant, some folks are allergic to the pollen in the air.

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Chrysothamnus nauseosus, Rabbit Brush