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Artemisia tripartita Rydb.
threetip sagebrush
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Artemisia tripartita ssp. tripartita

Species Information

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Perennial, mildly aromatic, evergreen shrub; stems solitary or branched from the base with shredding, grey or light brown bark when older or with a dense, grooved, white-woolly hairiness on the twigs, 20-80 cm tall.
Principal leaves short-stalked, grey-hairy, deeply divided into 3 linear or narrowly lanceolate lobes which may sometimes be 3-cleft or some of the leaves linear and entire, 0.5-3.0 cm long.
Heads discoid, numerous in a narrowly to broadly branched inflorescence; involucres bell-shaped, 3-4 mm tall; involucral bracts grey-hairy, the inner ones oblong, the outer broadly egg-shaped, sometimes with a narrow herbaceous tip; receptacles glabrous; female flowers lacking; disk flowers 4-7 (rarely more).
Achenes resinous-granular.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Late Summer
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: White
Present from Summer to Fall
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Dry slopes and shrublands in the steppe zone; locally frequent in extreme SC BC; S to CO and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Artemisia tripartita

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 345 724 1860
Slope Gradient (%) 0 29 360
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
5 288 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 2 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(44), ESSF(1), IDF(23), IMA(1), PP(30)

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