|Artemisia tridentata: the name means |
3-toothed, a feature of the leaves.
|Artemisia peatifida: this sagebrush is restricted|
to most of Wyoming, and only a small part
of south-central Montana.
Why Care about Sagebrush?
Sagebrush is interesting because it grows in places like Wyoming where there is little rain, winters are harsh, and high winds. It depends on the wind for pollination. Second, it provides critically important habitat for a number of wildlife, such as sage grouse, sage thrasher, sage sparrow, and pygmy rabbits. Third, sagebrush is interesting because the genus belongs to the family Asteraceae, the same family as the sunflower even though it does not have the pretty flowers as the sunflower does.
|Photo by Cody Bish|
 Dennis H. knight Mountains and Plains. The Ecology of Wyoming Landscapes
 Pocket Guide to Sagebrush
Written by Jenna Ramunno, Biodiversity Institute