Genus Chrysothamnus
Aster Family (Asteraceae/Compositae)


Rubber Rabbitbrush
(Chrysothamnus nauseosus)

The name Chrysothamnus means "golden shrub".
The plants contain latex, from which rubber can be made.
They bloom for only a short time, in late summer and early fall, with conspicuous clusters of brilliant yellow flower heads consisting of disk flowers only.

In the Great Basin area, the foliage of this plant is more grayish -- it more closely matches the color of the sagebrush. It may be a separate species (or at least a different subspecies).

There are also other species of rabbitbrush in the area, which do not grow so large.


Government Creek Cove
Boulder Mountain foothills
Wayne County, Utah


by Sandra Bray