Green Rabbitbrush

Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus

The Green rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus) is the perfect addition to a native landscape. This shrub bursts with color in the summer, and you will enjoy the show of yellow flowers. Desert gardens come alive when this shrub is added to those spaces. If you want to add a unique element to your native spots, think about choosing the Green rabbitbrush.

Green Rabbitbrush Attributes

In the western part of the United States, you can find this rounded shrub. The multi-branched shrub develops golden yellow flowers from the late summer to mid-fall. If you happen to touch the flowers, they tend to have a sticky residue. The open clusters are found at the branch tips, and brownish achenes follow those blossoms. Take a look at the branches. Slightly twisted leaves cover the erect stems. The leaves are very narrow with a bluish-green color.

The Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus makes a lovely shrub for those local pollinators. Wherever you plant it, you will see plenty of birds and butterflies. The flowers provide sweet nectar for the butterflies and bees. Plus, birds enjoy the delicate seeds that scatter in the wintertime. The rabbitbrush is also used for forage for sheep, elk, cattle, and horses.

This is definitely a shrub that provides interest throughout the seasons. Like most rabbitbrushes, this species also gives off a unique scent when the leaves are pressed. For that reason, you might want to keep it away from bedroom windows or other spaces where you don’t want to experience that constant scent.

Green Rabbitbrush



  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Watering Needs: Low
  • Botanical Pronunciation: kris-o-THAM-nus vis-kid-ee-FLOR-us
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Average landscape size: 5 feet in width and height
  • Special features: Slightly twisted branches and yellow flowers
  • Foliage color: Bluish-green
  • Blooms: Late summer
  • Flower color: Golden yellow
  • Flower attributes: Showy blossoms
  • Garden style: Native, xeriscapes
  • Design Ideas: Great addition to a native garden. Can adapt to drought-tolerant spaces. Plant in a place that needs a little rejuvenation. Perfect choice for a butterfly or bee garden.
  • Companion Plants: Purple aster, Russian sage, or blue mist spirea

Green Rabbitbrush Landscape Uses

Since it has deep roots, the Green rabbitbrush is the ideal element to add to dry locations. When most desert plants seem to fade away in the late summer, that is when this Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus comes to life. This is the perfect choice for any xeriscape. Think about pairing it with other types of desert plants for a stunning drought-tolerant garden.

You will often find the Green rabbitbrush in the wild at elevations higher than 8,000 feet. Many of these shrubs sprout up in areas that wildfires have ravaged. If you have a space where nothing seems to grow, it might be time to add the Green rabbitbrush to those locations.

At maturity, the rabbitbrush reaches 5 feet in height and width. Most of these shrubs attain full maturity in two to four years. Since this is a fast-grower, be careful about where you place it. If left unattended, it can overwhelm a space.

As you already know, Green rabbitbrush is the ideal selection for a xeriscape. However, you can use it in a variety of other settings. The Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus makes an excellent natural hedge along a fence, driveway, or pathway. This is a perfect addition to areas that need help with erosion control. Many people place these shrubs in regions that need to be regenerated from droughts or fires.

Green Rabbitbrush Planting and Care

The Green rabbitbrush can adapt to many soil varieties, including heavy clay and loose sand. It is recommended to plant it in USDA zones 4 to 9. Those younger shrubs need regular watering to help them establish. After that, you don’t really have to worry about irrigation except when there are extended periods of no rain. A good rule of thumb is to water every two weeks.

Make sure to plant the Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus in full sunshine, but these varieties can tolerate partially shaded areas. Mulch isn’t necessary. However, occasional feeding can help it to develop. You might want to add a layer of mulch to keep in moisture and protect the roots.

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Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus

If you have a xeriscape, the Green rabbitbrush is a valuable shrub. In the summer, your spaces come alive with birds and butterflies. Plus, there are plenty of yellow flowers to brighten up your space. Wherever you place them, these rabbitbrushes give your space a more naturalized look.

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