Sage (9)

Sages, the Artemesia genus, are also called Wormwood and Sagewort, and include both small, herbaceous plants and larger shrubs, Sagebrush, shown on a separate page. They all have tiny, inconspicuous flower heads crowded along the stem and most are pleasantly aromatic when the leaves are crushed.

Artemisia ludoviciana

Prairie Sage
Artemisia ludoviciana

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: White Sage, Sagewort, Silver Wormwood
Photo taken on: August 7, 2005
Location: Oh-Be-Joyful, GV, CO
Life Zones: Plains to subalpine
Habitat: Dry meadows and slopes

Grows from 1 to 3ft tall, often in large colonies. Leaves are silvery, long and narrow. Nodding flowers have grayish bracts and appear reddish before turning yellow.

Artemisia ludoviciana

Flora of North America reference.

Artemisia frigida

Fringed Sage
Artemisia frigida

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Prairie Sagewort, Silver Sage, Estafiata
Photo taken on: August 8, 2005
Location: Almont, CO
Life Zones: Plains to subalpine
Habitat: Dry meadows and slopes

Grows to 12" often with the larger shrub Sagebrush. The flowers are tiny and nodding. The finely-cut leaves distinguish this plant.

Flora of North America reference.

Artemisia scopulorum

Rocky Mountain Sagewort
Artemisia scopulorum

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Alpine Sagebrush
Photo taken on: July 14, 2007
Location: Scarps Ridge, GV, CO
Life Zones: Subalpine to alpine
Habitat: Tundra, along trails

Grows to 8" with a hairy, reddish stem. Leaves are mostly basal and divided into narrow silvery segments. Bracts are hairy and have dark margins.

Artemisia scopulorum

Flora of North America reference.

Artemisia laciniata subsp. Parryi

Parry's Wormwood
Artemisia laciniata subsp. parryi

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: August 11, 2007
Location: Rustler Gulch, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane to alpine
Habitat: Rocky soils, along trails

Grows to 16" with drooping flower heads, which are not hairy. Leaves are silvery, silky hairy and deeply lobed.

Artemisia laciniata subsp. Parryi

Flora of North America reference.

Artemisia dracunculus

Wild Tarragon
Artemisia dracunculus

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: False Tarragon
Photo taken on: August 18, 2007
Location: Walrod Gulch, GV, CO
Life Zones: Plains to montane
Habitat: Roadsides, meadows

Grows to 30" in clumps with tiny yellow or greenish flowers. Leaves are green, long and narrow and taste of tarragon.

Flora of North America reference.

Artemisia michauxiana

Michaux's Wormwood
Artemisia michauxiana

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Michaux's Sagewort, Lemon Sagewort
Photo taken on: August 12, 2007
Location: Rustler Gulch, GV, CO
Life Zones: Subalpine to alpine
Habitat: Trail sides, rocky areas

Grows to 2ft in clumps with mostly stem leaves. Leaves are bright green and smell lemony.

Flora of North America reference.

Artemisia borealis

Boreal Sagewort
Artemisia borealis (Artemisia campestris ssp. borealis)

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Northern Sagewort
Photo taken on: July 12, 2008
Location: South Baldy Trail, GV, CO
Life Zones: Alpine
Habitat: Gravelly slopes, tundra

Grows to 12" in clumps with reddish, downy stems. Leaves are basal, finely dissected, grayish and silky. Small reddish flowers grow in a spike.

Flora of North America reference.

Artemisia campestris

Field Sagewort
Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Field Wormwood, Sand Wormwood
Photo taken on: September 20, 2014
Location: Abiquiu, NM
Life Zones: Plains to montane
Habitat: Dry, open areas, roadsides

Grows to 30" with reddish stems and narrowly divided, feathery leaves compared to Wild Tarragon. Basal leaves are withered by the time of flowering. Tiny flowers are yellow. arrow

Artemisia campestris

Field Sagewort
Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata


Photo taken on: August 12, 2015
Location: White Rock , NM

These plants have galls created as defense to the Wooly Bud Gall Midge, Rhopalomyia medusirrasa. The Wooly Bud Gall Midge induces globular, leafy, pubescent galls. The large, polythalamous (many chambered) galls are actually composed of numerous leaf-like structures covered in long, forked white hairs.

Flora of North America reference.

Artemisia carruthii

Carruth's Wormwood
Artemisia carruthii

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Carruth's Sagewort
Photo taken on: September 1, 2009
Location: Quemazon, Los Alamos, NM
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Dry, open areas, old fields

Grows to 2ft with silvery, very narrow leaves on the stems. Compare to Fringed Sage.

Flora of North America reference.

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