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Artemisia tridentata ssp. tridentata

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About Basin Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. tridentata) Basin Big Sagebrush is a common native shrub that grows in northern, southern and central California. It is slow growing and moderately long-lived. It grows in a rounded form to a height of 9 feet, with active growth during the spring and summer. Flowers are green and striking, and bloom in the late summer. Leaves are gray-green, and remain on the plant throughout the year. It tends to grow in dry valleys and slopes, at elevations from 2600-6200 feet.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
5 - 10 ft (1.5 - 3 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color
Green, Cream, White, Yellow, Brown

Flowering Season
Summer, Fall

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry valleys and slopes


Elevation ?
188' - 11441'

Annual Precip. ?
4.7" - 85.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.19" - 4.46"

Coldest Month ?
19.6° F - 54.0° F

Hottest Month ?
41.1° F - 80.7° F

Humidity ?
0.52 vpd - 29.87 vpd

Soil Description
Adaptable, tolerant of sand, loam and clay

Sunset Zones ?
1, 2*, 3*, 6, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10*, 11, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22, 23, 24

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Common uses
Groundcovers, Hedges, Bird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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