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Silver Sagebrush Artemisia filifolia

 

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Silver Sagebrush
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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.


 

 

 

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