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Field Sagewort
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Artemisia borealis

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About Field Sagewort (Artemisia borealis) Artemisia borealis is an arctic and alpine species plants of the sunflower family. Some common names are: boreal sage, boreal wormwood and boreal sagewort. It is native to high latitudes and high elevations in Eurasia and North America. In North America, it can be found in Alaska, Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, and the Rockies, Cascades, and Sierra Nevada as far south as Arizona and New Mexico. In Eurasia, it is widespread across European and Asiatic Russia and also grows in Scandinavia and in the mountains of central Europe (Carpathians, Alps, etc. )Perennials, (6-)8-20(-40) cm (caespitose), mildly aromatic; taprooted, caudices branched. Stems (1-)2-5, gray-green, tomentose. Leaves persistent, basal rosettes persistent, gray-green to white; blades ovate, 2-4 x 0. 5-1 cm, 2-3-pinnately or -ternately lobed, lobes linear to narrowly oblong, apices acute, faces moderately to densely sericeous. Heads (proximal sessile, distal pedunculate) in (leafy) spiciform arrays 4-9(-12) x (0. 5-)1-5 cm.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.3 ft (0.4 m)

Flower Color
Cream, White, Yellow

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type


Elevation ?
6693' - 7075'

Annual Precip. ?
99.6" - 102.9"

Summer Precip. ?
3.53" - 3.71"

Coldest Month ?
35.8° F - 36.4° F

Hottest Month ?
52.1° F - 54.0° F

Humidity ?
2.98 vpd - 10.65 vpd

Landscaping Information
Other Names
Botanical Names
Artemisia campestris

Common Names
Boreal Wormwood, Boreal Sagewort, Are: Boreal Sage

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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