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Artemisia spinescens
About Budsage (Artemisia spinescens) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Artemisia spinescens is a North American species of sagebrush in the sunflower family, known by the common name budsage. Many sources treat the species separately from genus Artemisia and named Picrothamnus desertorum. This separation has not, however, been supported by genetic analysis. Artemisia spinescens is native to the western United States from southern + eastern California and the Great Basin, north to Idaho and Montana, and east to western Colorado and northwestern New Mexico. Artemisia spinescens grows in scrub and other habitat on clay and gravel-rich soils. It thrives on salty soils, growing with other salt-tolerant plants such as saltbushes ('Atriplex sp. ). It is adapted to very dry climates. Artemisia spinescens is a squat shrub forming a rounded bush up to 30 to 50 centimeters in maximum height. Its tangled branches are woolly when new and thorny and rough when aged. The stem is woody and corky. The strongly aromatic foliage is made up of many small, fuzzy leaves divided into narrow, pointed segments. It is deciduous, dropping its leaves during the dry summer when it becomes dormant. The inflorescence is a raceme of small clusters of flower heads sprouting from leaf axils. Each head contains several tiny bell-shaped sterile disc florets and a few fertile ray florets. The fruit is a tiny hairy achene less than a millimeter long. Uses. This plant is considered good forage for wild and domestic grazing animals early in the season when the foliage is new and soft. Later in the season when the plant produces large quantities of bitter volatile oils it becomes unpalatable.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

1 - 1.6 ft tall

Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Cream, White, Yellow

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 4.8" - 28.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.19" - 2.37", Coldest Month: 31.8" - 58.8", Hottest Month: 59.8" - 87.5", Humidity: 1.30" - 38.31", Elevation: 13" - 6980"

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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