|Golden Rabbit Brush Is a member of the
Sunflower Family. It grows to a height of
5 feet and has grayish green, very narrow leaves which grow at intervals
along its slender, flexible stem to 2.5 inches in length. Rabbit Brush
typically grows in dry plains, mountainsides, grasslands and open
woodlands at elevations between 3000 and 9000 feet.
Rabbit Brush is an important
plant for many wild animals. It is browsed as a food source by
deer, elk, pronghorn and, of course, rabbits. In addition it
provides shelter for many species of birds and small mammals.
Rabbit Brush blooms between July and October and
produces yellow feathery flowers to 0.5 inches in length in clusters at
the end of the stem.
Hopi Indians used the stems of the
Rabbit Brush for baskets and arrow shafts and made a green dye from the
bark and a yellow dye from the flowers.