Nevada State Flower


Nevada Desert colors

Nevada Desert colors (is that sagebrush blooming beside highway?); photo by Bob Jagendorf on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).


Nevada designated sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) as the official state flower in 1917. Sagebrush bushes grow up to 12 feet (along rivers or other relatively wet areas - more typically it grows 3-6 feet in height) and produces small yellow and white flowers in the late summer or early fall.

Sagebrush (also called big sagebrush, common sagebrush, blue sagebrush, or black sagebrush) is a coarse, hardy ,silvery gray-green bush that grows in the desert southwest of the United States. It has a strong pungent fragrance, especially when wet. Native American Indians used the leaves of sagebrush for medicine and sagebrush bark for weaving mats.



Artemisia tridentata spiciformis (sagebrush species common to the upper elevations of the Sierra Nevada cordillera); photo by Matt Lavin on Flickr (use permittted with attribution / share alike).


Blooming sagebrush; photo by Joel Hoffman on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Blooming sagebrush