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Artemisia rigida
scabland sagebrush, stiff sagebrush

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to Oregon, east to Idaho and Montana.

Habitat: Dry, rocky places from the plains and foothills to moderate elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: September-October

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Pungently aromatic shrub up to 4 dm. tall; young twigs glabrate and yellowish or canescent.


Leaves deciduous, canescent, 1-4 cm. long, narrow, deeply divided into 3-5 narrow segments.


Inflorescence narrowly spikelike, the heads or small clusters of heads sessile in the axils, usually surpassed by their subtending leaves; involucre 4-5 mm. high, its bracts dry, imbricate, the inner scarious; heads discoid, flowers all perfect.



Accepted Name:
Artemisia rigida (Nutt.) A. Gray
Publication: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 19: 49. 1883.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Artemisia rigida checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Artemisia rigida atlas page.

CalPhotos: Artemisia rigida photos.

USDA Plants: Artemisia rigida information.

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