Since returning to Utah last September, I have been focusing on what I love about this state and why I love living here.
This is one of those reasons:
I absolutely love Sagebrush. The way it smells after a rainfall, the way it twists and turns as it grows, and the way it fills the vast Great Basin and high mountain desert, adding to the expanse and personality of the West. It is wild and free - and drought tolerant.
As we are having a very warm February in Utah (lovely for hiking, no allergies!), I am thinking to the growing season ahead and the potential lack of water this part of the world may face. It would do the Earth well if more of us fell in love with this native and incorporated it into our landscapes and gardens. Think how happy the water and wildlife would be!
Here is a bit more information about this wonderful shrub for those who are curious. This information came from the USU website: