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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?

fire on the prairie

Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.