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Field Sagewort - Artemisia campestris

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Taprooted biennial or perennial with a simple or branched caudex. Stems ascending to erect, 5–50 cm. Herbage villous to glabrate. Leaves: basal and cauline, petiolate; blades 1–6 cm long, ovate, 1 to 2 times pinnately divided into linear segments; cauline reduced, becoming once pinnate. Inflorescence paniculate; bracts linear above. Involucre campanulate, 2–4 mm high; phyllaries green to brown, glabrous to villous; receptacle glabrous. Disk flowers 15 to 50, female and male, glabrous; corolla ca. 2 mm long; green, yellow, or red. Achenes glabrous, up to 1 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

We have three infraspecific taxa in Montana in addition to the nominal taxon, which are treated as varieties by Lesica (2012):

subsp. borealis (Pallas) Hall & Clements (= var. borealis (Pall.) M. Peck)

subsp. caudata (Michx.) Hall & Clements (= var. caudata (Michx.) E.J. Palmer & Steyermark)

and subp. pacifica (Nutt.) Hall & Clements (= var. scouleriana (Hook.) Cronquist [Lesica 2012]).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
Throughout North America (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 181

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Quire, R.L. 2013. The sagebrush steppe of Montana and southeastern Idaho shows evidence of high native plant diversity, stability, and resistance to the detrimental effects of nonnative plant species. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 124 p.
    • Seipel, T.F. 2006. Plant species diversity in the sagebrush steppe of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 87 p.
    • Steerey, W. F. 1979. Distribution, range use and population characteristics of Mule Deer associated with the Schafer Creek winter range, Bridger Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 119 p.
    • Stewart, S.T. 1975. Ecology of the West Rosebud and Stillwater bighorn sheep herds, Beartooth Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 130 p.
    • Tuinstra, K. E. 1967. Vegetation of the floodplains and first terraces of Rock Creek near Red Lodge, Montana. Ph.D dissertation. Montana State University, Bozeman 110 pp.
    • Williams, K.L. 2012. Classification of the grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, forests and alpine vegetation associations of the Custer National Forest portion of the Beartooth Mountains in southcentral Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 376 p.
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