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British Columbia Outdoor Wilderness Guide

Sagebrush
Sagebrush

(Artemisia Tridentata)
a.k.a. Big Sagebrush

'Tridentata' arises from the fact that Sagebrush leaves have a three pronged or 'trident' notches on the end.

An aromatic evergreen shrub, Sagebrush can grow to 2 metres in height. Wwhile the younger twigs have a hairy covering the older branches loose their bark. Sagebrush has a gnarled appearance


LEAVES:
- thin with a triple notch at the end
- up to 3 cm. in length
- wedge shaped
- covered with greyish hairs on both upper and underside
- often last right through the winter
FLOWERS:
- very small, drab yellow
- 3-5 disk flowers make up a head
- loosely grouped along the branches
- bloom September to mid October
FRUIT:
- hair covered seeds
HABITAT:
- Sagebrush grows at low to mid elevations.
- Sagebrush can be found in dry interior areas; paticularly in the Kamloops, Ashcroft and Okanagan areas.
- Sagebrush cannot live in alkaline soil.
- Sagebrush is predominant in overgrazed or poor soils.
FASCINATING FACTS:
- the plant has multiplied dramatically, largely because of overgrazing
- when burned the smoke from the leaves helps keep away insects.

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