Sagebrush. The little thing that looks like a berry is actually a gall, produced by the plant in response to an insect larvae burrowing into the plant tissue. Sagebrush have big deep roots that allow them to pull up water from far below the surface. They’re amazing plants – and I love the way they smell. I was delighted when, earlier this spring, I found three little sagebrush plants starting to grow in our backyard.