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Artemisia norvegica subsp. saxatilis Fr. (Besser) H.M. Hall & Clem.
mountain sagewort
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a short, branched stem-base; stems erect, solitary or sometimes several, glabrous to sparsely or densely hairy with short runners and sterile rosettes, 20-60 cm tall
Basal leaves stalked, pinnately dissected, the ultimate segments linear, glabrous to loosely and densely long-hairy; stem leaves few, unstalked and progressively reduced upwards.
Achenes glabrous.
Our subspecies is scarcely distinguishable from the Eurasian ssp. norvegica, which I have examined. The use of the epithet A. arctica, for this taxon, is unwarranted (Douglas et al. 1989, Douglas 1995).

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic meadows, rocky slopes, shrubby thickets and open forests in the montane to alpine zones; common in BC in and E of the Coast-Cascade Mountains, rare in coastal BC; N to AK, YT and NT, S to CO and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Artemisia norvegica ssp. saxatilis

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) 6 1712 3000
Slope Gradient (%) 0 18 120
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 146 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 8
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: BAFA(326), BWBS(4), ESSF(286), ICH(1), IMA(22), MH(1), MS(9), SBS(3), SWB(37)


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 arctica Less.
Artemisia arctica subsp. arctica Less.

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