Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus (Douglas rabbitbrush)

Also called Low rabbitbrush. Bushy deciduous shrub under 4 ft. tall with yellow sticky compact flower clusters, blooming June to October. Adapted to medium to coarse well-drained soils and tolerant of somewhat salty sites in drainages, flats, dunes and slopes; 1,000 to 11,000 ft. elevation. Common in western deserts and semi-deserts such as pinyon-juniper woodlands and sagebrush habitats. Also occurs with Rubber rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa), Shadscale (Atriplex confertifolia) and Winterfat (Krascheninnikovia lanata). Aggressive native is often subdominant in sagebrush communities and is a useful pioneer for revegetating after disturbance, decreasing as sagebrush increases. Roots sprout vigorously after wildfire. Wild ungulates browse in late fall and early winter after more palatable species have dwindled. Important cover for pronghorn fawns and nesting habitat for sage-grouse and other birds. Visited by numerous insect pollinators and is the caterpillar host for the Sagebrush checkerspot butterfly and the moth Pelochrista crambitana.

native distribution

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Family: Asteraceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Shrub

Native Status: Native

Growth Form: Multiple Stem

Mature Height: 3 ft.

Bloom Color: Yellow

Fruit/Seed Color: Brown

Bloom Period: Spring

Annual Precipitation: 7-24 in.

Drought Tolerance: High

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant

Elevation: 2,600-11,000 ft.

Wetland Indicator Status

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: None

Nitrogen fixation: None


Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No

Salinity Tolerance: Medium

CaCO3 Tolerance: High

pH Range: 7.0-8.5


Seeds per Pound: 732,600

Seeding Rate:  PLS lbs/acre

Season: Fall

Days to Germination: