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

Artemisia furcata M. Bieb.
three-forked mugwort (forked wormwood)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb with a stout taproot and a simple to branched woody base; stems ascending to erect, glabrate to hairy, 3-35 cm tall.
Mainly basal, sparsely to more often densely silky-hairy, often less hairy or greenish above, leaves usually 2-3 times palmately compound, reduced and sometimes entire above.
Heads disciform, few to numerous in a clustered or slightly branched or narrow inflorescence; involucres cup-shaped, 3-6 mm tall; involucral bracts broadly lanceolate to egg-shaped, sparsely to moderately hairy, the margins brownish, dry and somewhat papery; receptacles glabrous; female flowers 4-10; disk flowers 8-25.
Achenes glabrous.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry slopes in the alpine zone; rare in WC and NW BC, known only from the Brooks Peninsula (NW Vancouver Island) and Haines Road area (N BC); circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT; Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Artemisia furcata

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)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 335 335 335
Slope Gradient (%) 55 55 55
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
180 180 180
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 1 1
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: BWBS(1)


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.

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