Picrothamnus desertorum Nutt.
Bud sagebrush, Budsage
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Artemisia spinescens
USDA Symbol: PIDE4
Low shrub; old branches thorny.
This spring-flowering shrub is quite drought-resistant. It serves as forage for a wide variety of animals, including Pronghorns, jackrabbits, and a partridge-like ground bird called the Chukar.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WY
Native Distribution: Montana south to New Mexico and west to California and southern Oregon.
Native Habitat: Dry silty, clay, or gravelly flats, slopes in mixed desert shrub communities.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Picrothamnus desertorum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Picrothamnus desertorum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Picrothamnus desertorum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff