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Artemisia frigida
prairie sagebrush, prairie sagewort

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

Habitat: Dry, open sagebrush plains and foothills.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Fragrant, mat-forming perennial from a short, woody crown, 1-4 dm. tall, the stem covered with white or tawny woolly hairs.


Leaves small and numerous, clustered at the base and well-distributed along the stem, covered with silky-wooly hairs, short-petiolate, the blade 5-12 mm. long, 2-3 times ternately divided into linear-filiform divisions up to 1 mm. wide, with a pair of trifid, stipule-like divisions at the base.


Inflorescence a narrow panicle; involucre 2-3 mm. high, loosely white-woolly; corollas all tubular, yellowish, fertile, the outer ones pistillate, the inner perfect; receptacle covered with numerous long hairs between the flowers; pappus none.


Achenes glabrous.

Accepted Name:
Artemisia frigida Willd.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 3: 1838. 1803.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Artemisia frigida checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Artemisia frigida atlas page.

CalPhotos: Artemisia frigida photos.

USDA Plants: Artemisia frigida information.

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