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Sagebrush, Basin Big

Sagebrush, Basin Big

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Artemisia tridentata

The namesake of the sagebrush steppe biome.

This iconic evergreen shrub is a crucial part of the ecosystem for a huge diversity of animals. It provides forage for big game, and over 100 species of birds rely on sagebrush for habitat, including the critically endangered greater sage grouse. Sagebrush is highly adaptable and drought-tolerant and can compete with grasses and other plants to establish itself. 

Basin Big Sagebrush is one of the largest of several species of sagebrush that live in the Intermountain West, reaching 5-7 feet tall and wide. It is evergreen, though it also grows additional annual leaves to cleverly utilize spring moisture to capture more sunlight before the summer drought sets in. 

Sagebrush has a long relationship with Native Americans in the Intermountain West, being used for textiles and medicines by Nimiipuu (Nez Perce), Newe (Shoshone), Paiute, and Bannock people, among others. We acknowledge the impact colonization has had on the ancestral foodways and medicines of this area, and are seeking guidance about how we can best be of use in supporting Indigenous-led efforts to restore these ancestral foodways. 

Seeds were sustainably wildcrafted in the Great Basin by Kyle and friends at Native-Seed Company.

250 seeds

Directions: Scatter seeds on soil surface in fall or early winter for best results. If seeding in pots, stratify seeds by placing in damp sand in the refrigerator for 2-4 months, and then press seeds into soil surface when planting into pots. Plant in deep pots as taproots are very long.

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For more information about establishing this plant, please refer to the USDA Plant Guide.

"Sage thrasher nest in basin big sagebrush on Seedskadee NWR 03" by USFWS Mountain Prairie is licensed under CC BY 2.0