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Artemisia furcata
three-forked mugwort, forked wormwood

Distribution: Occurring in the Cascades and Olympic Mountains of Washington; Alaska to Washington, east to Northwest Territories, Alberta, and Nunavut.

Habitat: Open, rocky ledges and talus slopes in the subalpine and alpine.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Wind


Perennial from a branching crown, the stems 0.5-3 dm. tall.


Leaves alternate, gray-silky with appressed hairs; basal leaves tufted and persistent, petiolate, the blade 0.5-3 cm. long, trifid or palmatifid into narrow segments, often again divided; cauline leaves few and reduced, often entire.


Heads few in a spike-like raceme; involucre 3-4.5 mm. high, densely woolly, its bracts dark-margined; corollas all tubular, pale yellow, with hairs near the tip; receptacle naked; pappus none.


Achenes sparsely long-hairy.

Accepted Name:
Artemisia furcata M. Bieb.
Publication: Fl. Taur.-Caucas. 3: 567. 1819.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Artemisia furcata M. Bieb. var. furcata
Artemisia furcata M. Bieb. var. heterophylla (Besser) Hultén
Artemisia trifurcata Stephani ex Spreng. [HC]
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Artemisia furcata checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Artemisia furcata information.

E-Flora BC: Artemisia furcata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Artemisia furcata photos.

USDA Plants: Artemisia furcata information.

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