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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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Cabbage White
Pieris rapae

Habitat:  One of the most common butterflies, the Cabbage White was accidentally introduced in Quebec back in 1860 and has since spread across the entire country since.  It is found throughout the entirety of Alberta.

Description:  A very plain looking butterfly, it is mostly white with a few dark patches on its upper wing.

Size:  40-50 mm

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