Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana

(White Sagebrush)

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Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana, Pawnee Buttes, Weld Co. 7808

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Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana, Pawnee Buttes, Weld Co. 7803

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Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana, Pawnee Buttes, Weld Co. 7801

Scientific Name Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana USDA PLANTS Symbol ARLUL2
Common Name Louisiana Sagewort, White Sagebrush ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 35475
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (4000 to 9500 ft.); dry soils in open areas.
Plant: Erect, fragrant, semi-shrub, woody at the base; spreading, unbranched stems 12 to 40 inches tall, gray-green with a dense covering of matted white hairs.
Leaves: Silvery grey-green, almost white leaves from a dense covering of fine white hairs, lanceolate or linear, edges entire or with few teeth or shallow lobes; up to 4 inches long and 5/8-inch wide.
Inforescence: Numerous erect to nodding flowers in compact clusters arising from leaf axils, or in loose racemes up to 20 inches long; flowers are small (~1/8-inch across) with 8 to 13 disk florets with pale yellow, thread-like protruding pistils; no petals; bracts and peduncles covered with fine white hairs.
Bloom Period: July to October.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet and Minnesota Wildflowers.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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