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

Artemisia tripartita Rydb. subsp. tripartita
threetip sagebrush (cutleaf sagebrush)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Artemisia tripartita subsp. tripartita
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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

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


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 tridentata subsp. trifida (Nutt.) H.M. Hall & Clem.
Artemisia trifida Nutt.
Seriphidium tripartitum (Rydb.) W.A. Weber

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