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Old 02-14-2008, 04:01 PM
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I posted a different question about this over in the WY forum, but ended up finding the answer...the scientific name for sagebrush is Artemisia tridentata. This stuff grows wild all over the Rockies, it seems...CO and WY for sure. Now here's where I could use some info.
Anyone have any background with it? I want to try to grow/plant some in VA and I'm not sure how it will do. It seems it would be a pretty hardy plant due to the more arid conditions it generally grows in. And I assume that snow and cold wouldn't be an issue as the winters out west are way more than what VA gets.

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Old 02-14-2008, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Iowa, Des Moines Metro
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It even grows naturally as far east into Nebraska and part of Western Iowa. I'll try to get some information for you.
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Old 02-14-2008, 05:06 PM
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It even grows naturally as far east into Nebraska and part of Western Iowa. I'll try to get some information for you.
nice! thanks
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Old 02-14-2008, 05:37 PM
 
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Well, it is grown in Massachusetts, so I would imagine it would grow just fine it Virginia... not sure how similar the climates are between the two, but I think if you get your hands one of these you would be fine. But that may be the trouble, usually you can easily order trees over the internet, but this tree is seen as "invasive" ... like a pest, so it may not be commonly sold.

If you find it impossible to find this tree/shrub, I would recommend looking into the Russian Olive, it is very very similar!!

Massachusetts County Level Distribution for Artemisia tridentata (big sagebrush) | USDA PLANTS

Before, I was thinking you were talking about basic sage grass, which is what we have in Western IA, but when I looked up Sagebrush I realized it was different, we only have Russian Olive here but I would imagine we would be able to grow it as well.

Really hope this helps.
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Old 02-14-2008, 05:48 PM
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excellent! thanks again
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Old 02-15-2008, 09:25 AM
 
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j1n, one place you can order some types of sagebrush is at high country gardens web site. They sell all sorts of plants that you might find interesting. Also the CSU and Denver botanical gardens has a web site called Plant select that might have info for you.
The sage you are looking for "tridentata" is considered a weed in my neck of the woods. It is very hardy and competitive. I have been told that it is like a few other western plants in that it will actually drop a "toxin" around itself which keeps other plants from growing. I have seen stands of sagebrush in watered gulleys as tall as a horse but to much water will kill it. Be careful with this stuff because it spreads and you could end up introducing an invasive species to VA. There is also a smaller bush called rabbit brush that has yellow flowers which grows with sagebrush. It has a lot of the same characteristics.
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:54 AM
 
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You mean tumbleweeds???
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Old 02-15-2008, 03:17 PM
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You mean tumbleweeds???
are tumbleweeds the "after" picture if a thriving sagebrush plant is the "before" picture?
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Old 02-15-2008, 03:29 PM
 
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are tumbleweeds the "after" picture if a thriving sagebrush plant is the "before" picture?
Once I was driving across western KS on a windy day and they were kind of funny, blowing across the road.

I see people here in Denver growing some sort of sage that gets beautiful purple flowers in the middle of summer. Not sure what it's called, but they don't tumble away. I'm not sure if they're a perennial that you chop back or if they just keep getting bigger. The ones I've seen are up to 4' tall.
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Old 02-15-2008, 07:49 PM
 
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You mean tumbleweeds???
lol, no sagbrush is not a form of the tumbleweed.
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