Bigelow's Sage

Bigelow's Sage, growing on sandstone substrate near the visitor center at Colorado National Monument, Colorado, 5,700 Feet, September 20, 2006. A smaller plant than tridentata (Big Sage). Leaves are stem, alternate, length 13 mm, width 5.5 mm, three toothed. Flowers small, grey, width 1.5mm.


Silver Sage

Silver sage, growing in open meadows at 6,400 feet in Garden of the Gods, Colorado. Soil is sedimentary outwash from the Pennsylvanian Fountain Formaton.
Artemisia Oligiosporus



Oligiosporus draculunus (Tarragon) growing in a very diverse meadow at 9,500 feet, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Gothic, Colorado, July 20, 2007.Likes sun but larger plants in partial shade. Plant height is 53 c=m (21 in.). Stem leaves are alternate, lenght 48 mm, w 4 mm, bases with three leaflets or bracts, flowers tiny, disk only width 2.1 mm, lenght 1.8 mm. These plants have stems less obviously reddish than some observed in northern
new mexico.


sand sage

Sand sage prefers deep sandy soils. The photos above were taken near Wray, Colorado, at Arches National Monument, Utah, and at Trachyte Creek, Utah.


Fringed Sage

Fringed Sage grows in meadows and among scrub oaks at moderate elevations. The specimens here were observed at elevations between 6,500 and 8,000 Feet. Frigida is short, with the flower heads attaining heights of 15 cm (6 in.).


Louisiana Sage

Louisiana Sage is distinguished by the forked greyish leaves. It grows in open meadows or among mixed conifers and grasses. Typical plant height 50 cm, Leaves are alternate, length 38 mm,width 16 mm, flower heads tiny, flower width 1 mm.


Big Sage

By its presence Big Sage practically defines the limits of the Western United States. It is an indicator plant of the great basin desert. Specimens above grow to heights of seven feet (2.1 meters) although a meter is a more common height. Big sage has a wonderful odor following rains or when rubbing a couple of leaves between the fingers.