Sand Sagebrush

Artemisia filifolia

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Artemisisa Filifolia
Common names:
~Sand Sage
~Sand Sage Brush

Botanical Charastics
~Height: 1.5 meters ( 4 foot, eleven inches) fully grown
~Stem Type: Branched, nearly straight, dense.
~Leaf Size: 1-2 inches long
~Flower: 3-5 per branch-white
~Habitat: Western U.S, Texas, Arizona, and all the way down to Mexico.

Sand Sage is a common smaller shrub that can withstand more extreme weather conditions than other plants can. It is mostly light green with hints of grey and or silver, with white colored flowers. Its stems are skinny, with lots of skinny leaves with los of grey/ silver hair all over. It also has a lower water consumption, and can strive in sunny as well as shady environments. Prairie dogs use them to cover their holes. When the Prairie dogs move to another location, burrowing owls will take the abandon holes over and use them as their own. This plant strives in sandy soils commonly found in desert habitats. This plant has no known edible use for humans, but if you infuse the branches and leaves with juniper branches you will make a tea used to treat indigestion. If in an unfortunate situation the leaves of this plant can be used as substitute to toilette paper. This plant is also sometimes used for revegetation efforts on coal fields, and rangelands, and erosion control projects.

Andrew, Menaul High School


Sources and Credits

  1. (c) Arches National Park, some rights reserved (CC BY),
  2. (c) Annika Lindqvist, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC),
  3. (c) Chuck Sexton, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC),
  4. Adapted by albuquerqueherbalism from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA),

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