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  1. #1
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    Default What plant is this?

    These are just about to pop in my area. This is in someone's garden, but there is a bunch of this stuff spread out around us. It looks/smells like some kind of sage, but I can't find it in any sort of literature describing the different sages in my area.

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  2. #2
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    Aberdeen, Idaho
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    Default Re: What plant is this?

    It is Grey Rabbit brush. A very good source of highly nutritious pollen. The latin name is Chrysothamnus nauseousom. It smells bad tastes worse, and is supposed to give a very unpleasant taste to the honey. We have it too and I have not tasted any bad honey. Maybe we do not have enough. I have been told that in areas where there are abundant plants they pull the supers when it starts to bloom. I wish we had more of it. If it is really dry the bees may not work it.
    Dave

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    Santa Fe, NM
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    Default Re: What plant is this?

    Dave is correct its Rabbit Brush or commonly known as Chamisa. It grows in GREAT abundance here in New Mexico and provides a valuable source of pollen and does secret nectar for fall storage. In all my years I have never seen bees refuse it. I have tasted the honey once gathered, and while strong it is hardly offensive. Its impossible to transplant as the roots go down over 20'.
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