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Silver Sagebrush - Artemisia cana ssp. cana

Native Species

Global Rank: G5T5
State Rank: S4S5

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General Description
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Diagnostic Characteristics
Subspecies cana is distinguished from subsp. viscidula by its taller stature (up to 150 cm), entire leaf margins, blades grayish and densely hairy (tomentose) and up to 5 mm wide, and its occurrence mostly east of the Continental Divide (Shultz, 2006, in Flora N. America, Vol. 19).

Range Comments
AK, BC to MB, south to WA, MT, WY, CO, ND, SD, NE and MN (Kartesz 2009).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 97

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  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Culver, D.R. 1994. Floristic analysis of the Centennial Region, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman. 199 pp.
    • Harvey, S.J. 1981. Life history and reproductive stategies in Artemisia. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 132 p.
    • Johnson, J.D. 2004. Restoring native species to crested wheatgrass dominated rangelands. M.Sc.Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 58 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2022. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants, Second Edition. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 779 p.
    • Sater, S. 2022. The insects of Sevenmile Creek, a pictorial guide to their diversity and ecology. Undergraduate Thesis. Helena, MT: Carroll College. 242 p.
    • Walton, T.P. 1984. Reproductive mechanisms of plains silver sagebrush Artemisia cana cana in southeastern Montana. M.S. thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman.
    • Wambolt, C. L., T. P. Walton, and R. S. White. 1990. Sprouting and seedling establishment in plains silver sagebrush (Artemisia cana Pursh. ssp. cana). Great Basin Nat. 50:201-207.
    • Wambolt, C. L., T. Walton and R. S. White. 1989. Seed dispersal characteristics of plains silver sagebrush. The Prairie Naturalist. 21:(3)113-118.
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