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Flower spike

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Artemisia dracunculus - tarragon

Synonyms: Artemisia glauca, Oligosporus dracunculus
Other Common Names: false tarragon
Plant Form: Forb or Subshrub

Family: Asteraceae

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Flower spike
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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: This plant has a woody caudex (stem) with horizontal rhizomes and can be almost odorless. This is not the species used for culinary purposes.
Identification notes: Disc florets functionally staminate (not setting fruits), corollas subglobose (inflated but less than spherical).
Height: 1-1/2 to 3 feet


Habitat Description: Open meadows, dry areas, moist drainages and roadsides.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 3500 - 9000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow     Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Jul - Nov
Description: Long stalks of 10 to 30 flowerheads; each flowerhead has up to 40 florets.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Pinnatifid     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Basal and alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Basal leaves are pinnatifid and lobed while upper leaves are narrow and alternate. Stems are many, stiff, erect and brown.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Light brown   
Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Notes: Small with a smooth surface.

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