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

Artemisia lindleyana Besser
Columbia River mugwort (Columbia River wormwood)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a taproot, which becomes finely divided, or a cluster of short roots; stems erect, clustered, becoming shrubby at the base, 20-70 cm tall.
Deciduous at the base, main stem leaves with dense, white-matted hairs below, green and glabrate above, linear-oblanceolate, usually with a few teeth or narrow divisions towards the tip or sometimes entire, especially above, 2-5 cm long, 1-10 mm wide.
Heads disciform, numerous in a narrow inflorescence; involucres bell-shaped, 3 mm tall; involucral bracts linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, with sparse to dense white-matted hairs; receptacles glabrous; female flowers 5-9; disk flowers 10-30.
Achenes glabrous.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Wet to moist sandy or gravelly sites below high water level along rivers and lakeshores in the steppe and lower montane zones; infrequent in SC and SE BC; S to WA, ID and MT.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Artemisia lindleyana

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) 1265 1265 1265
Slope Gradient (%) 0 0 0
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
5 5 5
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: SWB(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.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Artemisia prescottiana Besser

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