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Artemisia michauxiana

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About Michally Sagewort (Artemisia michauxiana) Artemisia michauxiana is a species of wormwood known by the common names Michaux's wormwood and lemon sagewort. It is native to western North America from Yukon to California to Colorado, where it grows in mountain talus habitats in subalpine to alpine climates. This is a rhizomatous perennial herb with green, lemon-scented foliage. The plant grows up to a meter tall with several erect branches. The leaves are divided into many narrow segments which are hairless or lightly hairy and bear yellowish resin glands. The flower cluster is a spike up to 15 centimeters long full of clusters of small flower heads. Each head is lined with rough purplish green, hairy phyllaries and generally contains pale pistillate and disc florets. The fruit is a tiny hairless achene.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
3.3 ft (1 m)

Flower Color
Cream, White, Yellow

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
talus, drainages


Elevation ?
83' - 14046'

Annual Precip. ?
6.5" - 55.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.29" - 2.77"

Coldest Month ?
18.8° F - 51.0° F

Hottest Month ?
37.2° F - 69.2° F

Humidity ?
1.05 vpd - 24.01 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Michaux's Wormwood, Lemon Sagewort

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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