Artemisia tridentata ssp. tridentata

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Artemisia tridentata
Artemisia tridentata
Artemisia tridentata

Botanical Name: Artemisia tridentata ssp. tridentata
Common Name: Great Basin Sagebrush

Fragrant and beautiful long-lived shrub. Very drought tolerant. Good for erosion control. Has high wildlife value. Nitrogen fixing.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 4-6' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Upright, dense
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Same as foliage
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: High Cascade, Inner South Coast, and Transverse Ranges, Sierra Nevada Foothills, Southern San Joaquin Valley, South Coast, Great Basin, Mojave Desert
Natural Habitat: Dry soils, valleys, slopes below 9,000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Erect growing, much branched shrub, 3 to 6 feet high. Desirable for its pretty silvery aromatic foliage. Gallon cans, 50c."
Other Names
  • Referenced as "Common Sagebrush" in Theodore Payne catalogs.
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.