Alternate name: Sand Sagebrush, Silvery Wormwood
Family: Asteraceae, Aster view all from this family
Description A semi-evergreen shrub with feathery, silver-blue foliage. The graceful, windswept form is compact and the whole plant is sweetly pungent. Flowers and fruit are inconspicuous. 3-4 ft. tall and wide.
Habitat Open, high plains; dunes.
Range South Dakota and Wyoming, west to Nevada and south to Arizona, Texas, and n. Mexico.
Discussion Good for erosion control. May self-sow in preferred conditions. A hayfever plant.
Comments Shearing ruins the delicacy of the foliage. Too much water induces rank growth. Good for erosion control. May self-sow in preferred conditions. A hayfever plant.
Exposure Preference Sun.
Native Distribution Nebraska & Wyoming, s. to Arizona, Texas & n. Mexico
Site Preference Open, high plains; dunes
Soil Preference Sandy soils.
Wildlife Value Seeds are an important food for sharptail grouse and other birds.