Artemisia borealis subsp. borealis

Common names: Boreal sage
Synonyms: Artemisia campestris var. purshii (Besser) Cronquist Artemisia campestris var. spithamaea (Pursh) M. Peck Artemisia campestris var. strutziae S. L. Welsh Artemisia purshii (Pallas) Polyakov Artemisia spithamaea (Hornemann) Á. Löve & D. Löve Oligosporus borealis Oligosporus groenlandicus
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 19. Treatment on page 506.

Plants 10–20(–40) cm, herbage villoso-tomentose, glabrate, or glabrous. Corollas (at least lobes) usually yellow-orange (sometimes red-tinged), 2.2–3 mm. 2n = 18, 36.

Phenology: Flowering mid–late summer.
Habitat: Open meadows, usually on well-drained soils
Elevation: 0–3500 m



Alta., B.C., N.W.T., Nunavut, Sask., Yukon, Alaska, Calif., Colo., Idaho, Mont., Utah, Wash., Wyo., Eurasia.


Subspecies borealis is widespread in the mountains of western North America. Some high-elevation populations have corollas tinged with red.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Leila M. Shultz +
Pallas +
Boreal sage +
Alta. +, B.C. +, N.W.T. +, Nunavut +, Sask. +, Yukon +, Alaska +, Calif. +, Colo. +, Idaho +, Mont. +, Utah +, Wash. +, Wyo. +  and Eurasia. +
0–3500 m +
Open meadows, usually on well-drained soils +
Flowering mid–late summer. +
Reise Russ. Reich. +
Artemisia campestris var. purshii +, Artemisia campestris var. spithamaea +, Artemisia campestris var. strutziae +, Artemisia purshii +, Artemisia spithamaea +, Oligosporus borealis +  and Oligosporus groenlandicus +
Artemisia borealis subsp. borealis +
Artemisia borealis +
subspecies +