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Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus - (Hook.)Nutt.
                 
Common Name Green Rabbitbrush, Yellow rabbitbrush
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry open places in lowlands and up to moderate elevations[60].
Range Western N. America - southern British Columbia to California.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus Green Rabbitbrush, Yellow rabbitbrush


Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus Green Rabbitbrush, Yellow rabbitbrush
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Physical Characteristics
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Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from Jul to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms
Bigelovia douglasii.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Condiment;  Gum.

A latex obtained from the root is used as a chewing gum[46, 61, 105, 257]. The plant has been used as a spice[257].
Medicinal Uses


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Antirheumatic;  Odontalgic;  Poultice.

A poultice made from the chewed plant tips has been applied to boils and rheumatic joints[257]. An infusion of the leaves has been used to treat colds[257]. The finely mashed leaves have been inserted in tooth cavities to treat toothache[257].
Other Uses
Dye;  Gum;  Latex.

The latex obtained from the roots could be used in making rubber[46, 61, 161, 177]. Unfortunately it is not produced in sufficient quantity to make commercial extraction worthwhile[K]. A green dye is obtained from the bark[168]. A yellow-gold dye is obtained from the flowers[168, 257]. It is orange when alum is used as a mordant[257]. It rapidly establishes in disturbed habitat, including burns, flooded washes, and rockslides, so it is a valuable shrub for revegetating damaged land such as overgrazed rangeland and abandoned mining areas.
Cultivation details
Requires a sunny position and prefers a well-drained sandy soil[1, 11]. Plants do not require a rich soil[11]. They tolerate alkaline soils[200]. A very hardy plant but it prefers a drier climate than it finds in Britain though it succeeds in this country if given the protection of a dry sunny wall[200]. A very variable and ornamental species[60]. The leaves and stems are pleasantly aromatic[219].
Propagation
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a greenhouse and only just covering the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in sand in a frame[200].

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Other Names
Douglas rabbitbrush, green rabbitbrush, yellow rabbitbrush, Sticky-leafed rabbit brush,
Found In
Australia, Canada, North America, USA.
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

This plant can be weedy or invasive. Noted in western USA as weedy.
Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.
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