Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands
(a.k.a. Prairie sagewort)
Fringed sagebrush is a spreading shrublet ranging from approximately 4 to 16 inches in height. It is pleasantly fragrant, whitish or grayish tomentose, and arising from a tough, woody crown. Tomentose means having dense, velvety, fuzzy hairs. The leaves are also tomentose and abundant, clustered toward the base of the plant and scattered along the stem. The lower leaves are petiolate, about ½ inch long, with the upper leaves becoming sessile. The inflorescence is a panicle with small, greenish flower heads. Fringed sagebrush flowers from July to August. The fruits are dry, smooth, broadly cylindrical achenes.
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