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Golden Rabbit Brush

Natural History

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.

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