Big sagebrush

Artemisia tridentata

plant type:
shrub
lifecycle:
perennial
growing season:
warm
cool
cover:
High

Soil

Acceptable Soil Types:
Loam
Sand
Gravel
Acceptable Soil conditions:
AcidicAlkalineMetalSaltCaliche

Location

Min elevation:
5000
Max elevation:
8000
Counties: 
Apache
Coconino
Gila
Greenlee
Mohave
Navajo

Reproduction & Growth

Growth rate: 
Moderate
Germination Overall: 
High
Germination rate: 
Fast
Germination Requirements: 
Sagebrush seedlings require sufficient soil moisture to germinate and survive.
Reproduction: 
Low
Establishment: 
Low

Ecological

Best Suited for these Site conditions:
ColdDisturbanceFireFloodingLow lightRiparian
Best Suited for these Management goals:
Tortoise habitatDrought resilienceErosion controlForage productionPollinator habitatIncreased soil healthWeed managementWildlife habitat

Additional Information

Commercial availability:
Commonly available
NOTES:
If seed stored in conditions with relative humidity above 30 percent, seeds lose vigor and germinability after two or three years.
Citations:
Owens & Norton 1992, Groves & &erson 1981, Booth 2005, Burritt et al. 2014, Mahalovich & McArthur 2004