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Chrysothamnus graveolens - (Nutt.)Greene.

Common Name Rubber Rabbitbrush
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry situations in semi-deserts[11, 200]. Sterile, especially alkaline soils[235].
Range Western N. America - Montana to Nebraska, Utah and New Mexico.
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Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Chrysothamnus graveolens Rubber Rabbitbrush


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 3: 376. Chrysothamnus nauseosus
Chrysothamnus graveolens Rubber Rabbitbrush

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Chrysothamnus graveolens is an evergreen Shrub growing to 2.5 m (8ft 2in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is 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

C. nauseosus graveolens. (Nutt.)Piper. Bigelovia graveolens.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Basketry;  Dye;  Latex.

The plant is a source of latex, used in making rubber[1, 11]. Unfortunately the latex is not produced in sufficient quantity to make commercial utilization practical[K]. A green dye is obtained from the bark[168, 216, 257]. A yellow-gold dye is obtained from the flowers[168, 216, 257]. The stems are used in making wicker plaques[216].

Cultivation details

Requires a sunny position and prefers a well-drained sandy soil[1, 11]. Does not require a rich soil[11]. Tolerates alkaline soils[200]. A very variable and ornamental species[1, 11], it is not very hardy in Britain[11]. It can succeed outdoors in the milder areas of the country but it requires the protection of a sunny wall at Kew[11]. The leaves and stems are pleasantly aromatic when crushed[219]. This species is considered by some botanists to be no more than a form of C. nauseosus[60].

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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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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Chrysothamnus nauseosusRubber Rabbitbrush12
Chrysothamnus viscidiflorusGreen Rabbitbrush, Yellow rabbitbrush21

 

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