is a small, widespread and common plant, usually around one foot high, growing in exposed areas with thin soils, at medium elevations. Stems are green or brownish, and they branch a few times, all branches and leaves generally angled upwards. Leaves are bright green, growing all along the stems; they are narrow at the base, wider and flat at the tip, which is divided into three rounded lobes - up to a third of the length of the blade. Leaves at the top of the stem, amongst the flowerheads, are narrower and unlobed. Stems grow close together, creating a dense clump.
Flowerheads form in narrow, elongated clusters along the upper portion of the stems; they are small, less than 0.1 inches in diameter, with green or light brown phyllaries around 2 to 6 yellow florets. The florets, and adjacent leaves, turn brown during the fall, while the other leaves remain green.
This species is similar to artemisia tridentata
, but is considerably smaller, has shorter leaves and is generally more green, less grey.