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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Artemisia carruthii - Carruth's sagewort

Plant Form: Forb or Subshrub

Family: Asteraceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial   Similar Species: Artemisia ludoviciana
General Desc: Artemisia carruthii is rhizomatous and spreads in loose patches. It grows 2 to 3 feet tall, is very aromatic, and has leaves that are silvery and hairy with very narrow divisions. All parts of the plant are used medicinally by Native Americans.
Identification notes: Leaves are deeply pinnately divided into narrow lobes, but are not filiform, hairy on the underside. The inner bracts of the flower head are without hairs.
Height: 2 to 3 feet


Habitat Description: This plant is found in a wide range of habitats: dry sandy soils, pinion juniper woodlands, grasslands, foothills, and near abandoned structures.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 2000 - 9500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Pale yellow     Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Jun - Oct
Description: The flower head has disk flowers only and no ray flowers.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are simple and alternate with one leaf per node along each stem. Leaf blade edges have lobes, or both teeth and lobes. Leaves and stem of plant are hairy.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

No Fruit or seed notes

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