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Antelope Bitterbrush

(Purshia Tridentata)


Antelope bitterbrush is a small to medium size deciduous shrub, native to the inter-mountain west. Plants can grow to a height of 30.5 to 182 cm (12 to 72 in.). The leaves are small with three-lobed tips, dark green in color and often clustered. The flowers are small, varying in color from white to yellow and the bloom period is usually in early summer.

Bitterbrush is adapted to a wide range of soils, but prefers medium to coarse, well-drained soil. It occurs at elevations of 1220 to 2440 m (4,000 to 8,000 ft.) in areas with a mean annual precipitation of 20 to 51 cm (8 to 20 in.). Bitterbrush is highly palatable to big game species. It provides cover and habitat to small mammals and birds.

Seed should be drilled or broadcast to a depth of 2.5 cm (1 in.). Seeds are planted most commonly in late fall or early winter, so stratification can take place, although pre-treated seed can be planted in early spring.



0.6 to 3.4 kg PLS /hectare
0.5 to 3 lbs. PLS/acre



15,400 per lb. (0.46 kg)

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