Artemisia borealis subsp. richardsoniana

(Besser) Korobkov in A. I. Tolmatchew

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

Common names: Richardson’s sagewort
Basionyms: 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


AuthorLeila M. Shultz +
Authority(Besser) Korobkov in A. I. Tolmatchew +
BasionymsArtemisia richardsoniana +
Common nameRichardson’s sagewort +
DistributionN.W.T. +, Nunavut +, Yukon + and Alaska. +
Elevation0–600 m +
HabitatRiver terraces, tundra +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorLinda Ann Vorobik +
PhenologyFlowering mid–late summer. +
Publication titlein A. I. Tolmatchew, Fl. Arct. URSS +
Publication year1987 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V19-20-21/V19 851.xml +
SynonymsArtemisia caudata var. richardsoniana + and Artemisia desertorum var. richardsoniana +
Taxon familyAsteraceae +
Taxon nameArtemisia borealis subsp. richardsoniana +
Taxon parentArtemisia borealis +
Taxon ranksubspecies +
VolumeVolume 19 +