So. Much. Sagebrush.

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As you drive across any one of the Rocky Mountain West states, something becomes very clear. There is a lot of sagebrush. That’s an understatement. And if you’ve lived here long enough, you might not even notice it anymore. But aside from its medicinal properties that Native American tribes have traditionally used it for, it also has wildlife cover and habitat benefits, snow fence properties, and provides erosion control.

Sagebrush is not to be confused with garden sage (actually part of the mint family), which is the common “sage” used in cooking. Although it may not be dangerous to eat, I have never in my life seen a recipe calling for sagebrush. So out of luck on the culinary front.

So what’s a girl {of a feather} to do with lots and lots and LOTS of sagebrush? Every time I take a road trip, the sagebrush goes on and on for miles… as far as they eye can see. And that question stirs around in my head every single time. So here are just a few ideas of ways to use it, in the case that you’ve got your hands full of it.

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Pot it. Create a bonsai tree with a sagebrush plant. It’s hearty and doesn’t need much water.

Sagebrush - vibrant-panorama - Girls of a Feather

Paint it. Embrace the earthy color and mass display of it across the landscape. This piece is done by Wyoming artist Jeanie Schlump, called “Vibrant Panorama“, pastel on sandpaper.

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Display it. Make a wreath, sachet or wild plant bouquet. If you rub sagebrush leaves between your fingers, it has a lovely, aromatic scent.

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Woodwork it. This artist from Nevada Woodwerks makes pens from sagebrush wood.

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Weave it.  This basket was done by artist Pat Jeffers using a combination of rattan, fabric and sagebrush.

Sagebrush grouse - Girls of a Feather

Embrace it. Go wildlife watching for antelope, elk and sage grouse. These animals, among others, thrive off of the plant during different parts of the year.

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