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Artemisia douglasiana

Artemisia douglasiana Besser

Douglas' Sagewort, Douglas Mugwort

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Artemisia campestris var. douglasiana, Artemisia vulgaris ssp. heterophylla, Artemisia vulgaris var. douglasiana

USDA Symbol: ardo3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A stout perennial or herbaceous sub-shrub growing 2-8 ft. high and wide. The simple or branched stems bear aromatic, gray-green leaves.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Entire
Size Notes: Up to about 8 feet tall, often shorter.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: CA , ID , NV , OR , WA
Native Distribution: CA & w. NV, n. to WA & n. ID
Native Habitat: Low, waste places; stream banks; foothills to 6000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist to dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Useful in revegetation projects. Pollen is a cause of hayfever.


Use Wildlife: Birds like the seeds and use it for perching and cover.
Attracts: Birds


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

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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC FACW
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 on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
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 douglasiana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Artemisia douglasiana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Artemisia douglasiana


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

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