Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Sagebrush, fringed
(a.k.a. Prairie sagewort)

Dry inflorescence showing arrangement of flowers along the stalk

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.

Young plants with fringed foliage growing among grasses
Growth habit with tall stems, woody near the base
Grassland habitat
Close-up of inflorescence showing fuzzy stems, small leaves, and tiny yellow flowers surrounded by fuzzy bracts

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