Botanical Name: Artemisia tridentata
Common Name: Big Sagebrush  
Plant photo of: Artemisia tridentata
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply as little fertilizer as possible.

If you use fertilizer make sure it stays on the landscape, and carefully water it in so there is NO runoff.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Broadleaf Evergreen, Shrub


Height Range

3-6', 6-12'


Flower Color



Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Grey Green, Grey, Silver


Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Very Low, Low


Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Hedge, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Big sagebrush is a Utah native and lives up to its name, growing anywhere from a few to 12 feet tall and 5 to 8 feet wide (the variability is a result of seed source, available water, soil conditions, and other factors that affect growth). It is densed branched with fine textured, silver- to blue-green, aromatic foliage. Inconspicuous yellow flowers appear July through november. The bark is brown, twisted, and scaly. This may not be the ideal sagebrush for a traditional landscape, but it would work well in a naturally-styled setting. Very aromatic.
Grow in full sun and well drained soil, preferrably a little on the coarse side. Tolerates gravelly-clay and sandy soils. Alkaline tolerant. Doesn't require watering once it is established. Pruning in the late winter before new growth emerges will keep the shrub a little more tidy. Big sagebrush, when planted in ideal locations, will propagate by seed.