Artemisia longifolia (Long-Leaved Sage) - photos and description

Artemisia longifolia

Artemisia longifolia

Artemisia longifolia

Artemisia longifolia

Artemisia longifolia

Artemisia longifolia

Artemisia longifolia

Artemisia longifolia

Artemisia longifolia
Bottom of leaves(white) and top of leaves (dark green)

General: Plants much branched from a woody base. Foliage has a sage aroma.

Flowers: Flowers are yellow and grow in dense, leafy panicles. I measured a flower at 4 mm long.

Leaves: Leaves alternate, new leaves at stem tips are white-woolly on both sides, older leaves white-woolly on the underside and dark green and pubescent on the topside. Leaves linear with a prominent mid rib and rolled edges. I measured a leaf at 75 mm long by 7 mm wide.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 80 cm. I measured plants to 50 cm tall.

Habitat: Badlands and shale outcrops.

Abundance: Listed as uncommon in Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Saskatchewan.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Took the above photos July 25th, shale outcrop, Killdeer badlands, east block of Grasslands National Park, about 300 km south west of our home in Regina, SK.