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Artemisia arbuscula
dwarf sagebrush, low sagebrush
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: East of the Cascades in Washington; Pacific Northwest, east into Montana

Habitat: Open, dry plains and hills at moderate to high elevations.

Flowers: July - September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Erect, branching, aromatic shrub, 1-4 dm. tall, the leaves and young branches covered with fine, grey hairs.


Leaves persisting through the winter, narrowly wedge-shaped, up to 1.5 cm. long, deeply 3-toothed at the apex, the upper ones narrower and often entire.


Heads numerous, sessile, in a spike-like panicle, up to 1.5 cm. wide; involucre 3-5 mm. high, covered with fine, grey hairs; corollas all tubular, fertile, all perfect, yellowish, mostly 3-8; receptacle without hairs; pappus none.


Achenes glabrous.

Accepted Name:
Artemisia arbuscula Nutt.
Publication: Trans. Amer. Philos. Soc., n. s. 7: 398. 1841.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
ssp. arbuscula – dwarf sagebrush, low sagebrush
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Artemisia arbuscula in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Artemisia arbuscula checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Artemisia arbuscula atlas page.

CalPhotos: Artemisia arbuscula photos.

USDA Plants: Artemisia arbuscula information.

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