Sagebrush

photo by Brian Starzomski CC BY-NC

Sagebrush is a woody shrub with hairy, silvery leaves that stay green all year round. It's normally 2-4 ft high but can be taller. It has a gray twisted trunk and branches with stringy, fragile bark. Small yellow flowers appear in late summer or early fall. It has a deep taproot that can gather water from far below the surface.

Sagebrush is usually found in cold deserts with sandy or powdery soil and has a sharp odor (turpentine and camphor), especially after it rains.

Did you know? Sagebrush provides food and habitat for many creatures, including Sage Grouse, Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Bighorn Sheep, and Jack Rabbit.