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Artemisia norvegica
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Alpine Sagewort
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Artemisia norvegica

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About Alpine Sagewort (Artemisia norvegica) Artemisia norvegica is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common names alpine sagewort, boreal sagewort, mountain sagewort, Norwegian mugwort, arctic wormwood, and spruce wormwood. It is found in cold locations in Eurasia (Scotland, Scandinavia, Ural Mountains of Russia) and high altitudes and high latitudes in North America (Nunavut, Yukon, Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Wyoming, California). Artemisia norvegica is a perennial subshrub growing 20 to 60 centimetres (7. 9 to 23. 6 inches) tall with erect stems growing from a caudex and taproot. Most of the leaves are located low on the stems and are 2 to 20 centimetres (0. 79 to 7. 87 inches) long. The nodding inflorescence bears flower heads containing ray and disc florets. The ray florets are female with no functioning male parts and the disc florets at the center are bisexual. The plant reproduces by seed and may spread vegetatively by sending out stolons. The seeds are dispersed on the wind.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Flower Color
Cream, White, Yellow

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
4002' - 13497'

Annual Precip. ?
6.5" - 114.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.60" - 3.88"

Coldest Month ?
19.0° F - 44.8° F

Hottest Month ?
40.4° F - 73.8° F

Humidity ?
1.35 vpd - 28.26 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Norwegian Mugwort, Mountain Sagewort, Boreal 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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