Artemisia borealis

(Boreal Sage)


Artemisia borealis, Hoosier Pass, Park Co. 7575


Artemisia borealis, Hoosier Pass, Park Co. 7579

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: Montane to alpine (9500 to 13000 ft.); sandy, gravelly areas in meadows 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; 15 to 30 disk florets; silky/hairy involucres.
Bloom Period: July and August.
References: Jane Hendrix, Breckenridge, CO., "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and Jepson eFlora.
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