Artemisia cana Pursh
Silver Sagebrush, Coaltown Sagebrush, Dwarf Sagebrush, Hoary Sagebrush, Silvery Sagebrush
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Autumn Foliage: yes
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , 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
Value to Beneficial InsectsProvides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Artemisia cana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Artemisia cana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Artemisia cana
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-19
Research By: TWC Staff