Artemisia species

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Scientific Name Artemisia borealis (Artemisia campestris ssp. borealis, Artemisia campestris var. purshii) USDA PLANTS Symbol
ARBO4
Common Name Boreal Sage, Boreal Sagewort, Northern Wormwood ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
35437
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine. Sandy, gravelly areas and tundra slopes.
Plant: Erect perennial 3 to 6 inches tall (at high altitudes), reddish stems with silky hairs.
Leaves: Light green hairy stem leaves, usually divided into 3 to 5 deep, linear lobes.
Inflorescence: Narrow, condensed, spike-like panicle with several small composite flowers; silky/hairy involucres.
References: Descr. from Jane Hendrix, Breckenridge, CO., "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and Jepson eFlora.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Artemisia campestris ssp. pacifica USDA PLANTS Symbol
ARCAP2
Common Name Field Sagewort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
183751
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to montane. Dry, sandy, grassy areas, meadows.
Plant: Erect perennial 12 to 32 inches tall; single to multiple (2 to 5), reddish stems, smooth or with silky hairs.
Leaves: Light green hairy leaves; basal and lower stem leaves pinnately-divided 2 or 3 times into linear lobes; basal leaves persistent through blooming; upper stem leaves linear or narrowly oblong.
Inflorescence: Narrow, long, spike-like panicle with many very small (~1/8-inch) composite flowers; smooth involucres.
References: Descr. from Jane Hendrix, Breckenridge, CO., "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and Flora of North America.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Artemisia frigida USDA PLANTS Symbol
ARFR4
Common Name Prairie Sagewort, Fringed Sage ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
35465
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine. Dry hillsides, meadows and clearings.
Plant: Erect perennial 4 to 16 inches tall.
Leaves: Silvery grey-green basal leaves in tufts; small stem leaves clumped together.
Inforescence: Flower stems with several dozen hairy flower heads, each 1/4-inch across with numerous tiny disk florets.
References: Descr. adapted from www.swcoloradowildflowers.com.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Artemisia scopulorum USDA PLANTS Symbol
ARSC
Common Name Alpine Sagebrush, Alpine Sagewort, Alpine Sage ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
35493
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine. Tundra slopes and meadows.
Plant: Erect perennial 8 inches tall with reddish, hairy stem.
Leaves: Soft, hairy mostly basal leaves twice-dissected into narrow lobes.
Inflorescence: Small flower heads 3/16-inch across, nodding in dense racemes; no ray flowers (petals), disk florets are yellow tinged with green and brown; hairy phyllaries with purplish edges.
References: Descr. adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Artemisia tridentata USDA PLANTS Symbol
ARTR2
Common Name Big Sagebrush ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
35498
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Semi-desert, foothills, montane. Widespread throughout the Rockies and western US: shrublands, dry plains, rangelands.
Plant: Perennial shrub 1-1/2 to 6 feet (or more) tall; multiple woody gray-brown branches/stems; overall gray-green appearnce.
Leaves: Gray-green, somewhat hairy, wedge-shaped, partly divided into 3 lobes, 1/4 to 1-3/8 inches long.
Inflorescence: Long panicle up to 12 inches long with dozens of small, yellow or cream-colored flowers each with 3 to 8 small florets; hairy phyllaries.
References: Descr. adapted from SEINet and www.americansouthwest.net.
Colorado Status
Native

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