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Shrub Species of the Artemisia Genus

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Absinthe Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
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Sagebrush, is a common name for some species of Artemisia native to the North American west and other parts of the world. It is sometimes confused with Sage herb shrubs from the genus Salvia, hence a Sagebrush shrub is not a true Sage herb. The Artemisia genus comprises of species that are hardy herb shrubs well known for their volatile oils.

 Species of the Artemisia genus grow in temperate climates in the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere, usually in dry or semi-dry areas. Leaves of many species are fern-like and covered with white hairs and have strong aromas and bitter tastes which discourage being eaten by animals (herbivory). The small flowers are wind-pollinated, so no insects are needed there either.

Facts about the Artemisia Genus of Shrubs
  • Genus Scientific Name = Artemisia
  • Genus Common Names = Sagebrush, Mugworts, Sageworts, Wormwoods, and Santonica.
  • Number of known Taxa in the Artemisia Genus = 411

List of Sagebrush Shrubs, Artemisia Genus - All known species, taxa on Earth, organized by scientific Latin botanical name first and common names second.

Botanical, Latin, Scientific Shrub Name Common Shrub Name Coldest Zone Warmest Zone
Artemisia absinthium Absinthe, Absinth, Wormwood, Mugwort 4 7
Artemisia arbuscula Little Sagebrush ? ?
Artemisia arctica Boreal Sagebrush ? ?
Artemisia californica Coastal Sagebrush, California Sagebrush ? ?
Artemisia campestris subsp. caudata Western Sagebrush, Field Sagewort 5b 9
Artemisia cana Silver Sagebrush 4 10
Artemisia filifolia Sand Sagebrush 5 9
Artemisia franserioides Ragweed Sagebrush ? ?
Artemisia frigida Fringed Sagebrush, Pasture Sage, Prairie Sage 3 10
Artemisia ludoviciana White Sagebrush 3 10a
Artemisia nesiotica Island Sagebrush ? ?
Artemisia nova Black Sagebrush ? ?
Artemisia pedatifida Birdfoot Sagebrush ? ?
Artemesia pontica Roman Wormwood ? ?
Artemisia pycnocephala Sandhill Sage, Beach Sagebrush, Cut-leaf White Sage 7 10
Artemisia pygmaea Pygmy Sagebrush ? ?
Artemisia rigida Scabland Sagebrush ? ?
Artemisia rothrockii Timberline Sagebrush ? ?
Artemisia scopulorum Alpine Sagebrush ? ?
Artemisia tridentata Big Sagebrush ? ?
Artemisia tridentata subsp. tridentata Basin Big Sagebrush 4 10
Artemisia tridentata subsp. vaseyana Mountain Big Sagebrush ? ?
Artemisia tridentata subsp. wyomingensis Wyoming Big Sagebrush ? ?
Artemisia tripartita Threetip Sagebrush ? ?
Artemisia tripartita subsp. rupicola Wyoming Threetip Sagebrush ? ?



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