A Buckeye Butterfly eating something other than mud. Chrysothamnus nauseosus
A Skipper Butterfly on Chrysothamnus nauseosus
A California Dog-face Butterfly on Chrysothamnus nauseosus
A female and male Northern White skipper on Rabbit brush Chrysothamnus nauseosus
Look! More Buckeye butterflies eating something other than mud. Chrysothamnus nauseosus
Two Behr's Metalmark butterflies feeding on Rabbitbrush, Chrysothamnus nauseosus
A dry land butterfly magnet, Rabbitbrush, Chrysothamnus nauseosus
Rabbit brush is a nondescript two to four foot perennial that erupts in late summer with a passionate display of appealing yellow that has stopped many an artist and butterfly. It is native in many forms over much of the west and midwest. If you are planting a revegetation site you'll need to find the origin of the mother plant or you are liable to have a plant from the Great Plains trying to grow in a southern California project. If you're trying to plant a native garden in California, this one will do fine. When in flower rabbit brush will commonly have twenty butterflies on it at once.
Syn. Ericameria nauseosa.