Rubber Rabbitbrush rapidly colonizes burned areas and is useful in preventing soil erosion. Its' woody stems contain a natural rubber compound, hence the common name, but is not economically viable as a rubber source. Nor is it particularly useful as forage but does provide pollinators a late summer source of nectar and cover for birds and mammals. Another useful feature is that it does not compete well with native grasses and over time will be replaced through competition. While the density of Rubber Rabbitbrush varies across the landscape it seems to do best (the largest stands) where water collects suggesting it has a higher moisture requirements when compared with native grasses.
|pre-monsoon view showing protected versus grazed land. Note the quantity of Rubber Rabbitbrush in ungrazed areas.|
|Rubber Rabbitbrush in bloom, note the small yellow flowers|
|Stand of Rubber Rabbitbrush around a grey water drain.|