Ericameria (formerly Chrysothamnus) nauseosus rabbit brush
Flowers: small, yellow, born in small composite heads of 5 disk flowers at branch tips. Blooms in late summer.
Leaves: long, narrow, & linear. Stems & leaves covered with dense gray velvety hairs on both sides.
ID tip: If you scrape any stem, a brighter green shows, distinguishing it from the similar species, green rabbitbrush, Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus.
Habitat: widespread & common in shrub-steppe, especially in sandy soils, & low-elevation dry forests.
up to 3-4 feet tall
Fall blooming deciduous
Re-sprouts vigorously after wildfire