Artemisia arbuscula (Low sage)

Low-growing mounded shrub up to 2 ft. tall with evergreen grayish-green leaves, flowering May to October though most often in spring, unlike other sagebrush species. Occurs on shallow clays and dry rocky soils; 2,000 to 12,000 ft. elevation. Adapted to a wide variety of habitats, from valleys and alkali basins to high mountain slopes. Often found in pure patches within larger stands of big sagebrush (A. tridentata) due to shallow clay or rocky soils. Occurs in arid salt desert scrub communities of Shadscale (Atriplex confertifolia) and Greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus); also at higher elevations within pinyon-juniper and mountain shrub habitats. Occasionally root sprouts after disturbance. Highly palatable to deer, elk, sheep and pronghorn, especially in desert scrub communities during summer. Sage-grouse favor the patches of short, open habitat which occur within larger stands of taller and denser big sagebrush.

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Family: Asteraceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Shrub/subshrub

Native Status: Native

Growth Form: Mounding

Mature Height: 16 in.

Bloom Color: 

Fruit/Seed Color: Brown

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Annual Precipitation: 7-20 in.

Drought Tolerance: High

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant

Elevation: 2,500-11,500 ft.

Wetland Indicator Status

Fire Resistance: No

Nitrogen fixation: None


Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance: Medium

CaCO3 Tolerance: High

pH Range: 5.5-8.6


Seeds per Pound: 980,000

Seeding Rate:  PLS lbs/acre

Season: Fall

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