Sagebrush

Nevada State Flower

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Sagebrush; Artemisia tridentata spiciformis

Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata spiciformis); official state flower symbol of Nevada.  Photo by Matt Lavin/Flickr (Use Permitted with Attribution/Share Alike).

Official State Flower of Nevada

Nevada designated sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata or trifida) as the official state flower in 1917. One of Nevada's nicknames is "The Sagebrush State." All State Flowers

Sagebrush (also called big sagebrush, common sagebrush, blue sagebrush, or black sagebrush) is a coarse, hardy, silvery gray-green bush that grows in the desert southwest of the United States. Sagebrush has a strong pungent fragrance, especially when wet. Native Americans used the leaves of sagebrush for medicine and sagebrush bark for weaving mats.

Sagebrush bushes grow up to 12 feet (along rivers or other relatively wet areas - more typically it grows 3-6 feet in height) and produces small yellow and white flowers in the late summer or early fall.

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Images

Nevada Desert colors (is that sagebrush blooming beside highway?); photo by Bob Jagendorf on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Nevada Desert colors

Blooming sagebrush; photo by Joel Hoffman on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Blooming sagebrush