Winter in the High Desert

© GE McKerrihan

Chamisa is common in the high desert of New Mexico. The lower brush is a grayish tone growing fairly close to the ground. If it receives a small amount of rain there will be a profusion of small, bright yellow blossoms come Autumn.

This species is commonly known as Rubber Rabbitbrush or Gray Rabbitbrush. Oddly this shrub is a member of the sunflower family, blooming in late…