Glowing Golden Chrysothamnus

I know I’ve said it before, but when the Rabbitbrush is in full bloom, its rich golden color seems to glow.  Maybe it’s the way the depth of the flowers in those terminal cymes let the light bounce around and intensify. Click on the photo for a closer view.

Rabbitbrush Native Shrub

Chrysothamnus, or Rabbit brush, is a common native shrub of Wyoming and much of the arid western US. Some of the species that I learned as Chrysothamnus are now in the genus Ericameria. The major difference being Ericameria is covered with tomentum, or a felt like covering of tangled hairs. Wyoming has four species of…