Green Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus)

Shrub
Bigelovia douglasii.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Green Rabbitbrush
Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus
Compositae

The latex obtained from the roots could be used in making rubber[46, 61, 161, 177]. Unfortunately it is not produced in sufficient quantity to make commercial extraction worthwhile[K].

A green dye is obtained from the bark[168].

A yellow-gold dye is obtained from the flowers[168, 257]. It is orange when alum is used as a mordant[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    A poultice made from the chewed plant tips has been applied to boils and rheumatic joints[257].

    An infusion of the leaves has been used to treat colds[257].

    The finely mashed leaves have been inserted in tooth cavities to treat toothache[257].

  • Edible Use

    A latex obtained from the root is used as a chewing gum[46, 61, 105, 257].

    The plant has been used as a spice[257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a greenhouse and only just covering the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in sand in a frame[200].
Requires a sunny position and prefers a well-drained sandy soil[1, 11]. Plants do not require a rich soil[11]. They tolerate alkaline soils[200]. A very hardy plant but it prefers a drier climate than it finds in Britain though it succeeds in this country if given the protection of a dry sunny wall[200]. A very variable and ornamental species[60]. The leaves and stems are pleasantly aromatic[219].
Western N. America – southern British Columbia to California.

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