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Prairie Sage

Artemisia ludoviciana

Habitat: Grasslands, disturbed areas and roadsides.

Description: Pale grey-green leaves that alternate.  Top of the leaves feel like felt, covered in short white hair.  Upper leaves shorter and narrower than lower leaves.  Leaves have a very distinct smell.

Size: 60cm tall.

Fun Facts:  Sage was used by First Nation's people to repel bed bugs, lice and fleas from their beds.  It was also used as deoderant.

Source: Wilkinson, K. Wildflowers of Alberta: A Guide to Common Wildflowers and Other Herbaceous Plants.  1999.  University of Alberta Press and Lone Pine Publishing

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Red-tailed Hawk
Buteo jamaicensis
Red tail and a dark ‘belt’ with a dark edge under the wing close to the body
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