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Gutierrezia sarothrae

broom snakeweed (Gutierrezia sarothrae)
Gutierrezia sarothrae
Common Names broom snakeweed
Family Composites, Sunflower
Flower Color Yellow
Plant Type Shrub - grass
Short Description Poisonous
Native Yes
Weed No

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Broom snakeweed is a bushy, short-lived, native, perennial shrub that grows from 8 to 28 inches in height. Maximum life span approximately 20 years. Broom snakeweed is an early succession plant that becomes common place in some of the sagebrush lands after fire.

Snakeweed provides little browse for domestic livestock. During the winter it provides fair quailty browse, otherwise it is worthless and can be an indicator of overgrazing.Broom snakeweed can be toxic to domestic sheep, goats, and cattle particularly during winter or early spring when poor forage availability forces animals to consume large quantities

This plant is commonly confused with rabbitbrush, but it can be distinguished by the presence of ray flowers. Rabbitbrush plants have none, nor do the stems die back in the winter.

Southwestern Indians and Mexicans used snakeweed as a broom. Decoctions were used for indigestion. Pieces of the plant were chewed and placed on bee and wasp stings.

Source: http://extension.usu.edu/rangeplants/Woody/snakeweed.htm

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Dr. Clinton C. Shock

Malheur Agricultural Experiment Station
595 Onion Avenue
Ontario, OR 97914
(541) 889-2174
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