The Trees: Everyone has seen the first two, but they have special significance since I spent a good chunk of my childhood exploring beneath their scarce shade. Just the smell of a pygmy forest brings back a flood of memories. Oh, and you make Gin from Juniper berries, yo.
The shrubs: There are about ten shrubs that all look like sagebrush from the road, but get to know them and you’ll see they are each specially adapted to certain ecological conditions and have their own merit. And only sagebrush smells like sagebrush, so this is an easy way to tell what something isn’t. Just to keep us all confused, there are many varieties of sagebrush out there, but only Three Tip gets over 4’ tall.
- Greasewood, Sarcobatus vermiculatus
- Shadescale, Atriplex confertifolia
- Four winged saltbrush, Atriplex canescens
- Mountain mahogany, Cerocarpus intricatus
- Desert sumac, Rhus aromatica
- Golden Currant, Ribes aureum (also grows in eastern WA, but looks completely different)
- Longflowered snowberry, Symphorocarpus longiflorus (coolest of the snowberry clan)
Perennials. Try to stay in your seats.