One of the most ornamental and useful native plants for a Colorado garden is rabbitbrush. It is a globe-shaped shrub two to six feet wide and two to four feet tall with blue-green, silvery leaves and, in the late summer, clusters of yellow flowers. Rabbitbrush grows from elevations of 5000 to 9000 feet, thrives in full sun and tolerates alkaline soils that drain well. It sports fluffy seed clusters through the winter months, which add texture and interest to the garden.
Cut the plant back to about one foot in the early spring to help maintain the plant's natural globe shape and to keep the plant dense.
For more information, see the following Colorado State University Extension fact sheet(s).
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Updated Friday, February 28, 2014