Rubber rabbitbrush, Gray Rabbitbrush
USDA Symbol: ERNA10
USDA Native Status:
A shrub with erect, slender, flexible branches covered with dense, felt-like, matted hairs (often overlooked until one scrapes the surface lightly), very narrow leaves, and small yellow heads in dense clusters at ends of stems.
Gray Rabbitbrush is a common and variable species in a genus found mainly in western North America. Some plants are light green, others have silvery hairs. Navajo people obtained a yellow dye from the flower heads.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , KS , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , NY , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , SK
Native Distribution: From western Canada to California, Texas, and northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Dry open places with sagebrush, or grassland or open woodland.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ericameria nauseosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ericameria nauseosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ericameria nauseosa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-04-23
Research By: TWC Staff