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The Flora of Mount Shasta

Gray Rabbitbrush

Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) Chrysothamnus nauseosus
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Growth Form: Shrub with several slender, flexible stems.

Flower: Small, yellow, in flat-topped heads of 5 or 6 disk flowers.

Blooms: July to October

Leaves: Slender, grass-like, 1/2" to 2 1/2"; covered by a fine felt-like layer of gray-green to white hair.

Fruit: Achenes

Stem: Several leaves on each stem. Color is similar to the leaves.

Height: Up to 7 feet tall, ours are mostly between 3 and 5 feet.

Found: In arid regions on dry sandy or gravelly soils throughout the western states.

Tidbits: Important browse for deer and other ruminant herbivores.

 

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