sand sagebrush Asteraceae Artemisia filifolia
Leaf:Simple, alternate (but typically clustered at each node), persistent (but some leaves are drought deciduous). Small (1/2 to 2 inches long) and narrowly lanceolate or linear, but may be narrowly 3-lobed; silvery-green and slightly pubescent on both surfaces; faintly scented; sessile.
Flower:Species is monoecious; flowers very small, yellowish, and tubular; borne in small heads on long, upright spikes; some flowers perfect and some imperfect; appearing late summer to early winter.
Fruit:Very small achenes; barely ribbed.
Twig:Young twigs are slender, silvery-gray, and slightly pubescent, becoming grayish brown as they age.
Bark:Grayish brown, shreddy, and splitting lengthwise.
Form:An upright, evergreen shrub to 5 feet tall.