Artemisia tridentata

Latin Name: Artemisia tridentata
Common Name: Big leaf sage
Mature Height (ft): 3-8'
Mature Width: 3-5'

Mature Shape

Upright woody shrub, rugged looking.
Mulch: Inorganic.

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Wagons Ho! Rugged, ragged and windblown --  a true picture of the western and southwestern landscape. If you have a skeleton of a steer's head, now is the time to use it, along with that wagon wheel. Sometimes referred to as the western sage.

Big sagebrush is a coarse, many-branched, aromatic, pale-grey shrub with yellow flowers and light silvery-grey foliage. It flowers in late summer to early fall. The leaves are wedge-shaped with three lobes.

Pair with Opuntia imbricata, cholla; Vauquelinia corymbosa var angustifolia, Chisos Rosewood; nolinas, yuccas, Apache plume and Salvia greggii . Big leaf sage is an important forage shrub for wildlife and nesting site for birds. Larval host plant for the Hera buckmoth. Member of the Asteraceae family (Aster Family).

Artemisia tridentata grows over a wide range throughout the west from 1500 - 10,000 feet in elevation and is cold hardy to -30°. Ubiquitous across the Great Basin region. Because of the wide adaption range, buy plants from seeds of natives nearby for best adaptability.


Use in Garden

Sunny, xeric landscape. Habitat garden. Native plant garden. Overwatering can cause root rot.


Trim or prune to shape as needed. Very drought tolerant.