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    Artemis was Apollo's twin sister and daughter of Zeus and Leto; she was the equivalent of the Greek Diana, goddess of the moon, the woods, and the wild, who, the legend states, derived so much good from plants of this kind that all such plants are named for her. 

    Intermountain Flora presents another etymology: the genus is named for Artemisia, historical Queen of Caria (in present day Turkey) who was a "noted botanist, medical researcher, and scholar".  She was named for the Greek god.

    See more Artemisia   and   Artemisia shrubs.

Artemisia filifolia

Artemisia filifolia

Artemisia filifolia (Sand Sagebrush)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Semi-desert. Shrublands, sand. Late summer, fall.
Arches National Park, Utah, May 4, 2005 and March 31, 2016.

This pleasantly aromatic and very handsome Sage grows from two-to-five feet tall in deep sandy soils.  It flowers yellow-to-brown in late summer and fall.  Fine foliage gives rise to its Latin specific epithet, "filifolia".

The plant was named and described by John Torrey in 1827 from a specimen collected by Edward James on the "arid plains to the Platte [River]".

Artemisia filifolia

Artemisia filifolia

Artemisia filifolia

Artemisia filifolia (Sand Sagebrush)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Semi-desert. Shrublands, sand. Late summer, fall.
Arches National Park, Utah, May 4, 2005 and Comb Ridge, Utah, November 29, 2012.

Arching, slender leaves, young stems, and tiny yellow/brown flowers are covered in soft hairs.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

State Color Key

Species present in state and native
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Species present and not rare
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Species extirpated (historic)
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Questionable presence

Range map for Artemisia filifolia