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


AuthorLeila M. Shultz +
AuthorityPallas +
Common nameBoreal sage +
DistributionAlta. +, B.C. +, N.W.T. +, Nunavut +, Sask. +, Yukon +, Alaska +, Calif. +, Colo. +, Idaho +, Mont. +, Utah +, Wash. +, Wyo. + and Eurasia. +
Elevation0–3500 m +
HabitatOpen meadows, usually on well-drained soils +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorLinda Ann Vorobik +
PhenologyFlowering mid–late summer. +
Publication titleReise Russ. Reich. +
Publication year1776 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V19-20-21/V19 850.xml +
SynonymsArtemisia campestris var. purshii +, Artemisia campestris var. spithamaea +, Artemisia campestris var. strutziae +, Artemisia purshii +, Artemisia spithamaea +, Oligosporus borealis + and Oligosporus groenlandicus +
Taxon familyAsteraceae +
Taxon nameArtemisia borealis subsp. borealis +
Taxon parentArtemisia borealis +
Taxon ranksubspecies +
VolumeVolume 19 +