E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Artemisia alaskana Rydb.
Alaskan sagebrush (Alaska wormwood)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial subshrub from a stout woody base; stems prostrate or ascending, clustered, white-woolly, 15-60 cm tall.
Stem leaves woolly above and below, sometimes greenish above, stalked, once to more commonly 3-parted, the segments oblong to broadly linear, 0.6-3.0 mm wide, 2-7 mm long, becoming reduced and entire upwards.
Heads disciform, numerous in a branched or narrow inflorescence; involucres hemispheric, 3.5-5.0 mm tall; involucral bracts with matted, woolly hairs and conspicuous brownish, thin, dry, papery margins; receptacles glabrous; female flowers fertile; disk flowers fertile.
Achenes glabrous.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry sandy or gravelly river terraces and rocky slopes in the montane zone; rare in extreme NW BC, known only from the Haines and Atlin Roads; N to AK and YT.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Artemisia tyrellii Rydb.

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