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Silver Sagebrush - Artemisia cana

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Shrubs 50–100 cm high, capable of resprouting after fire. Stems tomentose to canescent. Herbage sparsely to densely tomentose. Leaves linear to linear-oblanceolate, 2–5 cm long. Inflorescence densely leafy-paniculate. Involucre campanulate, 3–4 mm high; phyllaries green to brown, tomentose; receptacle glabrous. Disk flowers perfect, 4 to 20, glabrous to glandular; corolla 2–3 mm long. Achenes resinous, 1–2 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants are subspecies cana and viscidula (Osterh.) Beetle.

Species Range

Range Comments
AB to MB south to CA, NV, UT, CO and NE (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 244

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  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Howard, J. L. 2002. Artemisia cana. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online}. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer).
    • Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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