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

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Distribution of Artemisia norvegica subsp. saxatilis
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Species Information

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).

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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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)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
1712 6 3000
Slope Gradient (%)
18 0 120

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

146 0 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 0 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
# 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)

Habitat and 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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Artemisia arctica Less.
Artemisia arctica subsp. arctica Less.