• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Seed Study - Artemisia frigida

Artemisia frigida - Fringed Sagewort, Prairie Sagewort

Artemisia frigida - Fringed Sagewort, Prairie Sagewort

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Species: Artemisia frigida
Common name: fringed sagewort, prairie sagewort

Seedling Identification: First leaves are tri-lobed, gray green with pubescence. Leaves crushed smell like sage. Just emerged seedlings are easy to confuse with Achillea millifolium.


Artemisia frigida – fringed sagewort
Average number of good seeds per gram bulk matter: 4117 (2143)
Average number of good seeds per gram cleaned: n.m.
Commercial estimates of seeds per gram: 8820
Percent seed: n.m.
Percent live: 72
Collection dates: November 8
Collection effort: 12.8 grams in 1 person hour
Collection notes: Abundant and easy to collect.
Cleaning notes: Prior to measuring “unclean” seed, the inflorescences were rubbed between the hands and what fell through a fine sieve was counted. However there still was lots of chaff mixed with the seed.

Did You Know?

Natural Entrance of Wind Cave

Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.