Artemisia borealis subsp. richardsoniana

(Besser) Korobkov

in A. I. Tolmatchew, Fl. Arct. URSS 10: 178. 1987.

Common names: Richardson’s sagewort
Basionym: Artemisia richardsoniana Besser Bull. Soc. Imp. Naturalistes Moscou 9: 64. 1836,
Synonyms: Artemisia caudata var. richardsoniana (Besser) B. Boivin Artemisia desertorum var. richardsoniana (Besser) Besser
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 19. Treatment on page 506.

Plants (6–)8–15(–20) cm, herbage white-hoary. Corollas (at least lobes) deep red, 3–3.5 mm.

Phenology: Flowering mid–late summer.
Habitat: River terraces, tundra
Elevation: 0–600 m



N.W.T., Nunavut, Yukon, Alaska.


Long overlooked, subsp. richardsoniana is easily distinguished by its relatively short stature, dense, white indument, and deep red corollas. It is known only from western arctic North America.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Leila M. Shultz +
(Besser) Korobkov +
Artemisia richardsoniana +
Richardson’s sagewort +
N.W.T. +, Nunavut +, Yukon +  and Alaska. +
0–600 m +
River terraces, tundra +
Flowering mid–late summer. +
in A. I. Tolmatchew, Fl. Arct. URSS +
Artemisia caudata var. richardsoniana +  and Artemisia desertorum var. richardsoniana +
Artemisia borealis subsp. richardsoniana +
Artemisia borealis +
subspecies +