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Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus
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Stickyleaf Rabbitbrush
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Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus

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About Stickyleaf Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus) Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus is a species of shrub in the daisy family known by the common names yellow rabbitbrush and green rabbitbrush. It is native to western North America, from British Columbia to California to Nebraska, where it grows in sagebrush and woodland habitat. It grows easily in alkaline and saline soils, and thrives on soils that are rich in calcium. 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. This shrub grows up to about 1.5 meters in height with spreading brittle pale-colored stem branches. The leaves are up to a few centimeters long and may be thin and thready or up to a centimeter wide and oblong in shape. They are hairy, resinous, and sticky. The flower cluster is a bushy cluster of flower heads, each head one half to one centimeter long. The flower head is lined with sticky yellow-green phyllaries and contains several yellowish protruding flowers. The fruit is a hairy achene a few millimeters long with a wispy pappus at the tip.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
3 - 5 ft (0.9 - 1.5 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Sagebrush and woodlands

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
347' - 13160'

Annual Precip. ?
4.3" - 65.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.26" - 4.46"

Coldest Month ?
19.4° F - 53.3° F

Hottest Month ?
37.8° F - 77.4° F

Humidity ?
0.50 vpd - 30.15 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.

Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Common uses
Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Yellow Rabbitbrush, Green Rabbitbrush

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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