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Plants For Great Basin Sage

Artemisia tridentata

Artemisia tridentata Great Basin Sage Brush
An evergray shrub. 4 feet tall and wide. Native to dry areas of the western US. Needs full sun. It is very drought tolerant, needs good drainage. Its seeds are edible. Chewed leaves said to aid diges... Learn more.

Asclepias asperula Antelope Horns
A weird milkweed from the desert mountains. Antelope horns grows from the Southern California desert mountains across to Arkansas and up into Kansas. (syn. Acerates a., Asclepias capricornu ssp. occi... Learn more.

Asclepias erosa

Asclepias erosa California Desert Milkweed
(A.leucophylla, A.l. var.obtusa, A.erosa var. obtusa,A.obtusata, A.Rothrockii) Milkweeds are amongst the most important insect plants. Butterflies and some beetles use milkweeds as nectar sources and... Learn more.

Dalea fremontii

Dalea fremontii Indigo Bush
Indigo Bush is a four foot tall deciduous shrub with whitish stems and purple pea flowers. It grows in the western deserts in creosote bush scrub and Great Basin sage plant communities. As it lives in... Learn more.

Elymus cinereus

Elymus cinereus Basin Wildrye
Basin Wildrye is a 2-4' clump of grass that is native in the Great Basin area. It extends into Calif. along the east sierras. It is one of the most important forage plants of the sage brush community... Learn more.

Elymus triticoides

Elymus triticoides Alkali Rye
Elymus triticoides - Creeping Wild-Rye, Valley Wild-Rye, or Alkali Rye, is native in moist bottom lands throughout much of the west. Looks like a cross between Bermuda grass and Salt grass. Use as you... Learn more.

Ephedra viridis

Ephedra viridis Green Mormon Tea
Green Mormon Tea is an evergreen shrub, 4 ft., desert areas, Calif. to Utah, looks like leafless shrub. In many desert locations both species (E. californica and Ephedra virides) exist together. Ephed... Learn more.

Eriogonum umbellatum chlorothamnus June Lake

Eriogonum umbellatum chlorothamnus June Lake Shrub Sulphur Buckwheat
Eriogonum umbellatum var. chlorothamnus. A shrubby mound of sulphur for a high elevation garden. Full sun and mountain scree. ... Learn more.

Mentha arvensis

Mentha arvensis Field Mint
A small little 1' perennial with a small blue flower clusters on a spike of scented green leaves. This one grows at higher elevations along creeks and in meadows. It has managed to make its way around... Learn more.

Penstemon procerus

Penstemon procerus Small penstemon
Small Penstemon is native in the higher elevations of California throughout much of the rest of the US and Southern Canada. Useful in a small moist rock garden. Use with Eriogonium umbellatum, a boul... Learn more.

Purshia stansburiana

Purshia stansburiana Cliff Rose
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Purshia tridentata

Purshia tridentata Antelope Bitterbrush
Antelope Bitterbrush is a gray small-leaved shrub to six feet. You will generally see it only 4-5 foot tall. Antelope Bitterbrush grows on dry slopes, east Sierra Nevada, Tulare Co. North, 3000-10000f... Learn more.

Stipa columbiana
(Syn. Achnatherum nelsonii ssp. dorei)A narrow grayish perennial bunchgrass. Where it gets semi-regular water it has naturalized in the nursery. Native from Northern Calif to Alaska to Tex.... Learn more.

Stipa comata

Stipa comata Needle and thread grass
Needle and thread is a tufted little perennial grass that is probably the most wide ranging bunch grass of the west.... Learn more.

Trifolium

Trifolium Clover
Our Native clovers are mostly annuals. We do not sell the seed but we do encourage the plants. The native clovers should not mowed or killed until the flowers are allowed to produce seed. This page ... Learn more.