The Big Sagebrush is an evergreen shrub in the sunflower family that has silvery-gray leaves and a thick, gnarled stem. It is native to western North America. It grows in deserts and mountains from British Columbia southwards to Baja California. It is one of the dominant of the Great Basin and is also known as the Great Basin Sagebrush. The leaves are wedge-shaped and have 3 lobes. They have gray hairs on both surfaces. Small, yellow flowers are in rounded clusters in the leaf axils. The foliage is aromatic and is used medicinally. Hardy in zones 4-10.
Growing Instructions for the Big Sagebrush
The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Put the seeds in a ziplock bag. 2. Put the bag in the refrigerator and leave it there for 1-2 months. 3. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot. 4. Sow the seeds on the soil. 5. Press the seeds into the surface of the soi. The seeds need light to germinate. 6. Water the soil so that it is moist but not wet. 7. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.