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Common Name: Mountain Big Sagebrush

Scientific Name: Artemisia tridentata vaseyana

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Wildlife Habitat Improvement
~Disturbed site restoration

Height: 2 1/2 - 4 1/2 feet

Colors: Silvery sage green

Flowering Season: Fall

Soil Types: Well-drained, medium to coars soil textures

Elevation: 3,000 to 9,800 feet

Tolerances: Slightly acidic and alkaline

Sun or Shade: Full Sunlight

Minimum Precipitation: 12-14 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 1/4 lbs/ac

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 1,750,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall

Planting Depth: Rough Surface to 1/4 in (or on snow in early winter)

Stratification Required: Store in freezer and plant in late fall or early winter to ensure natural stratification



Mountain Big Sagebrush is a long-lived, evergreen shrub that is widely distributed throughout the mountainous western United States. This species of shrub can typically be found at elevations ranging from 3,000 to 9,800 feet. It is adapted to grow in well-drained, coarse to medium soil textures on upper mountain slopes, mountain parks, and higher benches. Mountain Big Sagebrush is also known to tolerate slightly acidic and alkaline soils.

While this species of sagebrush is usually rated as poor to fair forage for livestock, it is considered to be a good source of nutrition for many wildlife species. Mountain Big Sagebrush provides excellent cover for wildlife and serves as an important food source for sage grouse and other wildlife species. Palatability can vary depending on the plant's growth stage and location. Due to its numerous benefits, Mountain Big Sagebrush is highly valued and is often used for range and wildlife habitat improvement, disturbed site restoration, and native landscaping. With its ability to thrive in difficult soil types and provide valuable benefits to both wildlife and ecosystems, Mountain Big Sagebrush is an essential native species throughout the mountainous regions of the western United States.



NRCS Plant Profile:

NRCS Plant Guide:

Mountain Big Sagebrush


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