The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
CPC National Office
The conservation of Artemisia porteri is fully sponsored.
Jim Locklear contributed to this Plant Profile.
Viewed from a distance, Porter's sagebrush all but vanishes into the barren badlands, its silvery foliage practically invisible against the ash-gray backdrop. As if life isn't hard enough in the cold desert of central Wyoming, Porter's sagebrush grows in the harshest of habitats - the eroding clay slopes of badland formations. Very few plants can grow in these deserts within the desert, providing a special, competition-free niche for this mat-forming sagebrush.
Distribution & Occurrence
Barren to sparsely vegetated badlands of ashy or tufaceous mudstones and eroding clay slopes. Occurs in cushion plant communities within more densely vegetated cold desert shrubland dominated by saltbush (Atriplex spp.) and greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus). Often abundant in its local habitat. Elevation 5300-7000 ft. (Fertig 1994)
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Off-road vehicle damage.
Cronquist, A. 1951. A new Artemisia from Wyoming. Madroo. 11: 145-146.