Sagebrush, Common (Artemisia tridentata), packet of 100 seeds


Family:  Asteraceae
Zones 4 to 10
(Chamiso) Woody perennial bush native to Western US and Canada.  Soft, silvery, grey-green, resinous and aromatic, the branches are plucked, partially dried, and bundled to make traditional smudge sticks.  Purifying fumigant and spiritual adjuvant.  Traditional usage (TWM, Native American): toothache, colds and fevers, gargle.  Plant prefers dry, sandy slopes and full sun.  Excellent drainage necessary.   Sow very small seed on the surface of sandy soil in early spring and press in hard.  Keep moist until germination, which I found in my tests can take as long as 30 days.  Spotty germ is typical–seed contains lots of inhibitors.  Flowers yellow to 8 feet in the right circumstances, but the plants shown here are about 10 years old, growing in Southern Oregon, and they are only about 2 feet tall.

100 seeds/pkt, open pollinated, untreated, NO GMO’s

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  1. Sean Brown

    Sean Brown (verified owner)

    I just purchased tridentata seeds from y’all. We live in central illinois. Weather can be unpredictable historically and now who knows? When would be the best time to try to germinate the seeds? We have a small green house that would allow us to control water. The area i would like to plant out in to is a south side of a building. We plan on cold frames this year. Would that help this and the purple sage and dominican sage we also purchased? Thank you for your wonderful work.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Sean,
      Thanks for your interest. The Sagebrush seeds should be started in the spring, so that the seedlings have time to get established before the onset of frost. Cold frames can help you get an early start. The same is true for purple sage and dominican sage. I expect you will find the sagebrush at least to be hardy. Cheers, richo

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