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Artemisia ludoviciana ‘Valerie Finnis’ (White Sage)

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Grown for its magnificent foliage, Artemisia ludoviciana ‘Valerie Finnis’ (White Sage) is an upright herbaceous perennial forming a bushy clump of lance-shaped, silvery leaves with deeply cut jagged margins. Aromatic when bruised, the leaves are white-woolly and keep their striking color throughout the season. They add light and contrast to the landscape and combine well with almost everything. Erect plumes of tiny, yellow-gray flowers appear in summer, but they have little ornamental value and should be removed as they appear.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 18-24 in. tall and wide (45-60 cm). This plant may spread by rhizomes and by self-seeding without being as aggressive as the species and other cultivars.
  • This foliage plant thrives in poor to moderately fertile, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Excellent soil drainage is essential. White Sage can die back in heavy, poorly-drained soil.
  • Focal point as a single specimen. It fits beautifully in beds and borders of perennial flowers and is a lovely addition to the herb garden, city garden, coastal garden, or cottage garden.
  • Generally pest and disease-free. Drought, deer, and rabbit tolerant!
  • Cut back to base of plant in autumn.
  • Remove flower heads as they appear to prevent self-seeding. Use soil barriers to help contain the rhizomatous spread.
  • Propagate by division in autumn or spring.

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Artemisia
Common names Prairie Sage, Wormwood, Mugwort, White Sage
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Artemisia absinthium (Wormwood)
Artemisia pycnocephala (Sand Hill Sage)
Artemisia douglasiana (Douglas Mugwort)
Artemisia frigida (Prairie Sagebrush)
Artemisia filifolia (Sand Sagebrush)
Artemisia tridentata (Big Sagebrush)

Recommended Companion Plants

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Carex grayi (Mace Sedge)
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Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’ (Purple Fountain Grass)
Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle)
Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ears)

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Artemisia
Common names Prairie Sage, Wormwood, Mugwort, White Sage
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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