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Artemisia dracunculus

Artemisia dracunculus L.


Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Artemisia dracunculoides, Artemisia dracunculoides var. dracunculina, Artemisia dracunculus ssp. glauca, Artemisia dracunculus var. glauca, Artemisia glauca, Artemisia glauca var. dracunculina, Oligosporus dracunculus, Oligosporus dracunculus ssp. dracunculinus, Oligosporus dracunculus ssp. glaucus

USDA Symbol: ardr4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (I?), CAN (N)

Hairless, shrub-like; from short rhizome.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , CT , IA , ID , IL , KS , MA , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , ON , SK , YT
Native Distribution: Widely distributed; Alaska (rare) and across most of Canada; in the contiguous U.S., from the Pacific coast to the Great Lakes and Texas; also Massachusetts to New Jersey.
Native Habitat: Desert shrub communities to subalpine woods.

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.

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:

Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

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


Record Modified: 2023-03-02
Research By: TWC Staff

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