americana S. Wats.
Life Span: Perennial
4 to 16 inch subshrub, woody and much branched at the base, simple
and herbaceous above. Stems are grayish-white. Flowers in late summer,
reproduces from seeds.
are small, without stalks, extremely hairy and white.
is a utricle.
or opposite, often occurring in fascicles (similar to a pine tree).
The blades are narrow, fleshy, and about ½ inch long. Surfaces
are dark green and covered with long silky hairs.
in desert valleys, flats, marshes, roadsides, and foothills of the
cold desert region. New growth, especially the leaves, often dries
to a black color.
sandy clay loams.
sagebrush, Indian ricegrass,
provides excellent forage for sheep, cattle, and deer. It is often
used as winter forage for sheep. It is high in protein during the
fall. There is some evidence that it may accumulate nitrates.