Artemisia tridentata

The Story Behind Sagebrush, An Icon Of The West

Jan 8, 2016
Big sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata)
Matt Lavin (CC-BY-SA-2)

Break off a sprig of big sagebrush and inhale its aroma: the fragrance is clean, sharp and as cool as the smell of winter. Call it camphor blended with a touch of Christmas. Crush a few leaves between your fingertips and the scent is suddenly somewhat bitter and more pungent. Let the sprig dry for a few hours and you’ll find that the fragrance gradually loses its bite, softening to crisp evergreen with a hint of juicy berry.

Big Sagebrush

Jan 17, 2014
Sue Weis, Inyo National Forest, U.S.F.S.

"Fieldnotes," January 19th & 20th, 2014: "Big Sagebrush," by Katie McKalip. http://www.montananaturalist.org/