Rubber Rabbitbrush
Ericameria nauseosa
previously Chrysothamnus  nauseosus

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1. flower, 2. branches,  September 16, 2004, Draper, Salt Lake County, Utah  - 3.  Gone to seed, October 24, 2005, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah - ©Nicky Davis

A Utah native plant.  There are many sub species of this plant.They bloom in late summer and early fall, with yellow flower heads consisting of disk flowers only. Each head has 5 florets. Leaves are very narrow and about 2 inches long. It is aromatic with an odor reminiscent of pine.  Favorite food of white-tailed and black-tailed jackrabbits. The name means golden shrub. Native Americans chewed the bark and wood for a chewing gum and used it for a tea wash for skin sores.  Host plant  for  Sagebrush Checkerspot Butterfly.

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