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Artemisia cana Pursh
Silver sagebrush, Coaltown sagebrush, Dwarf sagebrush, Hoary sagebrush, Silvery sagebrush
USDA Symbol: ARCA13
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , 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. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
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
From the National Organizations Directory
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Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2009-02-19
Research By: TWC Staff