Artemisia pygmaea

Artemisia pygmaea

Scientific Name with Author

Artemisia pygmaea A. Gray

Common Name
Pygmy sagebrush


This taxon is characterized by linear to lanceolate outer involucral bracts which are nearly glabrous to sparsely villous; leaves green, pinnatifid with 3-11 lobes; habit a low cushion plant. It flowers Aug.-Sept.


Eastern Nevada, Central and W. Utah, N. Arizona, SW Colorado. In New Mexico documented from Rio Arriba, McKinley, and San Juan counties.


Dry, barren soils often on white clay or shale, tolerant of alkalai.

Important Literature

Cronquist, A. 1994. Intermountain Flora. Vol. 5. pg. 164. New York Botanical Garden.

Ward, G.H. 1953. Artemisia, Section Seriphidium in North America: A cytotaxonomic study. Contr. Dudley Herbarium 4:155-205.

Information Compiled By
Tim Lowrey 1998

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