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Artemisia campestris
Pacific sagewort, northern wormwood

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east across most of North America to the Atlantic Coast; also in Eurasia.

Habitat: Open places, often in sandy or rocky soil, from low elevations to alpine.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Biennial, Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Scarcely odorous, biennial or perennial from a taproot, 1-10 dm. tall, highly variable.


Leaves of the basal rosettes crowded, 2-10 cm. long including the petiole, and 0.7-4 cm. wide, 2-3 times pinnatifid or ternate, with linear or linear-filiform divisions up to 2 mm. wide, glabrous to silky-hairy, persistent or deciduous; cauline leaves similar but less divided, the uppermost ternate or simple.


Inflorescence small and spike-like to diffuse and panicle-like; involucre glabrous to densely woolly, 2-4.5 mm. high; corollas all tubular, yellowish, the outer pistillate and fertile, the inner sterile with abortive ovary; receptacle naked; pappus none.


Achenes glabrous.

Accepted Name:
Artemisia campestris L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 846. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Artemisia campestris in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Artemisia campestris checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Artemisia campestris information.

E-Flora BC: Artemisia campestris atlas page.

CalPhotos: Artemisia campestris photos.

USDA Plants: Artemisia campestris information.

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