Budsage - Artemisia spinescens
MNPS Threat Rank
Dwarf shrub 5–15 cm. Stems profusely branched; dead branches often forming thorns. Herbage villous. Leaves petiolate; blades 4–10 mm long, 1 to 2 times divided into oblanceolate lobes. Inflorescence leafy-bracted, short-racemose on branch tips. Involucre globose, ca. 2 mm high; phyllaries few, green, villous; receptacle glabrous. Disk flowers 7 to 20, female and male ca. 1 mm long, yellow, villous. Achenes villous, ca. 1 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Generally occurs in sandy soil of alluvial plains; abundant only on soils developed from Chugwater sandstone.