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Artemisia dracunculus
dragon sagewort, tarragon, dragon wormwood

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Great Plains and Great Lakes region.

Habitat: Sagebrush desert to ponderosa pine forest openings at middle elevations.

Flowers: July-October

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Nearly odorless to strongly odorous perennial herb, usually glabrous, from a stout rhizome, the several stems 5-15 dm. tall.


Leaves linear or broadly linear, 3-8 cm. long and 2-10 mm. wide, entire, or a few cleft, the lower generally deciduous.


Inflorescence an ample panicle; involucre 2-4 mm. high, imbricate and dry; corollas all tubular, yellowish, the outer pistillate and fertile, the inner sterile with abortive ovary; receptacle naked; pappus none.


Achenes glabrous.

Accepted Name:
Artemisia dracunculus L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 849. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Artemisia dracunculus L. ssp. dracunculus
Artemisia dracunculus L. var. dracunculus [HC]
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Artemisia dracunculus checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Artemisia dracunculus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Artemisia dracunculus photos.

USDA Plants: Artemisia dracunculus information.

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