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Artemisia cana Pursh
Silver sagebrush, Coaltown sagebrush, Dwarf sagebrush, Hoary sagebrush, Silvery sagebrush
USDA Symbol: ARCA13
A low, rounded, freely branching, aromatic evergreen shrub growing 1-3 ft. in height. Leaves and branches are silvery gray. The yellow, summer flowers are inconspicuous. Imparts a graceful, wispy appearance when grown in masses.
The similar Sand Sagebrush (A. filifolia) is a 3 (1 m) tall, erect shrub with linear (occasionally lobed) leaves and 2 (5 cm) flower spikes; it grows on sandy plains, from Nevada and Arizona east to Texas and South Dakota.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Gray-Green Autumn Foliage:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
, WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
B.C. to Sask., s. to n. CA, UT
& NM Native Habitat:
Rocky, open grasslands; floodplains; mt. forests from 6000-10,500 ft.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Periodic pruning to remove old stems rejuvenates plants. Susceptible to root rot if too wet. Pollen is a cause of hayfever.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-19
Research By: TWC Staff