Artemisia frigida

(Prairie Sagewort)

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Artemisia frigida, Mosca Pass Trail, Great Sand Dunes NP 9035

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Artemisia frigida, Mosca Pass Trail, Great Sand Dunes NP 9040

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Artemisia frigida, Mosca Pass Trail, Great Sand Dunes NP 9024

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Artemisia frigida, Mosca Pass Trail, Great Sand Dunes NP 9044

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Artemisia frigida, Mosca Pass Trail, Great Sand Dunes NP 9044

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: Plains to montane (4000 to 10000 ft.); dry hillsides, meadows and clearings.
Plant: Erect, fragrant, semi-shrub, woody at the base; spreading, much-branched stems; 4 to 16 inches tall.
Leaves: Silvery grey-green leaves 2 or 3 times pinnately-divided into linear segments 1/4 to 1/2-inch long; basal leaves in tufts; small stem leaves clumped together.
Inforescence: Flower stems with several dozen hairy flower heads in nodding racemes or open panicles, each 1/4-inch across with numerous (25 to 50) tiny disk florets.
Bloom Period: July to October.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SW Colorado Wildflowers and US Forest Service.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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