Artemisia tridentata

(Big Sagebrush)

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Artemisia tridentata, Silver Shekel, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 4766/4784

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Artemisia tridentata, Silver Shekel, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 4846/4853

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Artemisia tridentata, SE of Mesa, Mesa Co. 3012

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Artemisia tridentata, Silver Shekel, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 4871

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Artemisia tridentata, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 6370

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Artemisia tridentata, near Mesa, Mesa Co. 4232

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Artemisia tridentata, Silver Shekel, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 4909

Scientific Name Artemisia tridentata USDA PLANTS Symbol ARTR2
Common Name Big Sagebrush ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 35498
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Semi-desert, plains, foothill and montane (4700 to 10000 ft.) widespread throughout the Rockies and western US: shrublands, dry plains, rangelands.
Plant: Perennial shrub 1-1/2 to 6 feet (or more) tall; multiple woody gray-brown branches/stems; overall gray-green appearance.
Leaves: Gray-green, somewhat hairy, wedge-shaped, partly divided into 3 lobes, 1/4 to 1-3/8 inches long.
Inflorescence: Long panicle up to 12 inches long with dozens of small, yellow or cream-colored flowers each with 3 to 8 small florets; hairy phyllaries.
Bloom Period: July to October.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet and American Southwest.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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