Transplanting Mountain Sagebrush

On 5/27/09 Susan Lamb sent this useful information: For the 15 years that we’ve lived in GVM I’ve always been amazed at the difference in the ecological terrain between the lower and upper filings of GVM and along the Boy Scout Road (for a short distance), and on up to RFL: namely the abundance of Mountain Sagebrush with ascending elevation. In many areas starting at Gate 12 and upwards, there’s a splendid carpet of the stuff. I wanted that look on our property so I asked permission of an acquaintance in RFL if I could “harvest” some Mountain Sagebrush from her lot. I transplanted 4 or 5 to our property, siting most on a south-facing bank that has very lean soil, and planted one of the sagebrushes to the east. I amended the soil a bit and watered the plants a little to get things started. Thereafter, I watered occasionally during the first season. I figured that since the plants were native they shouldn’t have a problem getting reestablished. Well, after several years they looked pitiful enough to remove–with the exception of one, which still struggles. I’ve had better luck with nursery stock but even that takes a couple of years to establish and fill out. Emailed on 5/27/09.

Email: On 5/29/09 Jim E. reminded me that Mountain Sagebrush has been changed from Artemisia tridentata, to Seriphidium vaseyana, Weber & Wittmann in their Colorado Flora—Eastern Slope (3rd ed., 2001). Read most in this post on Sagebrush distribution   –Ellen

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