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Artemisia nova (Black sagebrush)
Reveal, James L.

Artemisia nova

Artemisia nova A. Nelson

Black Sagebrush

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Artemisia arbuscula ssp. nova, Artemisia arbuscula var. nova, Artemisia nova var. duchesnicola, Artemisia tridentata ssp. nova, Seriphidium novum

USDA Symbol: ARNO4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A low-spreading, silvery shrub, usually 3-15 in. tall, with three-toothed, wedge-shaped leaves on dark-brown to black twigs. Appearing somewhat darker in appearance than related species because of sparser hairs on vegetation. The greenish-yellow flowers are not showy.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall, often shorter.
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WY
Native Distribution: S. MT to CA, s. to NM & AZ
Native Habitat: Dry, rocky, windswept plains, mesas & hills

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Shallow, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Intolerant of moist sites. Pollen is a cause of hayfever.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Provides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Propagation is from seed or division of the root crown. Seeds germinate readily.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Artemisia nova in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Artemisia nova in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Artemisia nova


Record Modified: 2022-11-22
Research By: TWC Staff

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