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Rubber Rabbitbrush

(Chrysothamnus nauseosus)

 

Rubber Rabbitbrush is a highly variable species that can be found from Saskatchewan south to west Texas and Baja California. It grows from 30.5 to 213 cm (12 to 84 in.) tall on dry slopes and mesas at elevations of 610 to 2,440 m (2,000 to 8,000 ft.). The narrow leaves are gray-green and the stems are white and felty. Bright yellow flowers appear in heads in late summer. The plant contains a high-grade rubber called chrysil in the lower woody portions; hence the common name.

The best planting depth is 2 to 4 times the size of the seed or 1.3 to 2.5 cm (½ to 1 in.). Planting dates should be late fall, but pre-treated seed may be sown as late as early spring. Rubber Rabbitbrush is normally seeded in mixtures. It is grazed by wildlife, but is reported to be poisonous when eaten in quantity. Other uses include soil stabilization and landscaping.

 

SEEDING RATES:

0.6 to 1.1 kg PLS /hectare
0.5 to 1 lb. PLS/acre

 

NUMBER OF SEEDS:

693,000 per lb. (0.46 kg)
 

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