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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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Silvery Blue
Glaucopsyche lygdamus

Habitat:  The Silvery Blue can be found throughout all of Alberta and is very common in poplar forests and meadows.

Description:  The Silvery Blue is closer to grey than silver on the underside of its wings with blue on the inside.  Each wing was a distinctive row of black spots running across them.

Size:  25-30mm

Diet:  The...

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