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Picrothamnus desertorum

Picrothamnus desertorum Nutt.

Bud Sagebrush, Budsage

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Artemisia spinescens

USDA Symbol: PIDE4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Leaf: Gray-Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr


USA: 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 Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: High


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Additional resources

USDA: Find Picrothamnus desertorum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Picrothamnus desertorum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Picrothamnus desertorum


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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