Artemisia scopulorum

(Alpine Sagebrush)

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Artemisia scopulorum, Crystal Lakes, Summit Co. 5886

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Artemisia scopulorum, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 1149

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Artemisia scopulorum, Hoosier Ridge, Summit Co. 9376

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Artemisia scopulorum, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 1106

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Artemisia scopulorum, Hoosier Ridge, Summit Co. 9381

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 (10000 to 14000 ft.); open rocky areas in meadows and tundra.
Plant: Erect perennial 2 to 14 inches tall with slightly reddish, hairy stems.
Leaves: Soft, hairy mostly basal leaves 2 to 3 times pinnately-divided into narrow lobes 3/8 ti 1-3/8 inches long.
Inflorescence: Small flower heads 3/16-inch across, usually tending to one side, horizontal or nodding, in dense racemes; disk florets are yellow tinged with green and brown; hairy phyllaries with dark brown or black edges.
Bloom Period: July to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, SW Colorado Wildflowers and American Southwest.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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