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Artemisia frigida (Prairie Sagebrush)

Prairie Sagewort, Prairie Sagebrush, Fringed Sage, Pasture Sage, Arctic Sage, Silky Wormwood, Pasture Sagebrush

Artemisia frigida, Prairie Sagewort, Prairie Sagebrush, Fringed Sage, Pasture Sage, Silver foliage plant, aromatic foliage plant
Artemisia frigida, Prairie Sagewort, Prairie Sagebrush, Fringed Sage, Pasture Sage, Silver foliage plant, aromatic foliage plant

Artemisia frigida (Prairie Sagebrush) is a low-growing, semi-evergreen, woody-based perennial forming a tuft of deeply-divided, soft, woolly, silver-white leaves. The fine-textured foliage is aromatic (camphor-scented). In summer, small, yellow flower heads are borne in nodding racemes or open panicles, but they are ornamentally insignificant and are best cut off to keep the foliage at its best. Drought tolerant, Prairie Sagebrush is native to Europe, Asia, and much of North America. Used for landscaping because of its attractive, fine, silvery-green foliage, this is a good soil stabilizer and ground cover.

  • Typically grows up to 6-18 in. tall (15-45 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm)
  • Evergreen in warm winter climates.
  • Thrives in poor to moderately fertile, dry soils in full sun. Excellent soil drainage is essential. Can die back in heavy, poorly-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
  • Great for beds and borders, garden edging, city gardens, cottage gardens, coastal gardens, rock gardens, containers, or as a groundcover.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Remove any dead stems and shoots in spring. Compact when young, the plant tends to become rangy as it grows. Cut back after flowering.
  • May be susceptible to aphids, gall and leaf miners as well as powdery mildew or root rot in moist soils.
  • Propagate by seed. Insert softwood or greenwood stem-tip cuttings in spring in a free-draining compost under plastic film. Take semi-ripe stem-tip cuttings.
  • Native to Europe, Asia, and much of North America.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 10
Heat Zones 3 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, A1
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Artemisia
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6" - 2'
(15cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 18"
(30cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Alaska, Rocky Mountains, Midwest, Northeast, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Illinois, North Dakota, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Artemisia filifolia (Sand Sagebrush)
Artemisia tridentata (Big Sagebrush)
Artemisia ludoviciana ‘Valerie Finnis’ (White Sage)

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 10
Heat Zones 3 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, A1
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Artemisia
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6" - 2'
(15cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 18"
(30cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Alaska, Rocky Mountains, Midwest, Northeast, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Illinois, North Dakota, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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