Artemisia frigida

Artemisia frigida


Photo credit: Jim Pisarowicz, NPS

Fringed Sagewort Category:


Key Information:

Soil: Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 4-16″
Color: Yellow-Green
Blooms: July – September

More Detail:

Suggested Uses: This low-growing, fragrant sage grows well in poor gravelly and sandy soil.

Native Range: Native throughout the Great Plains and the Desert Southwest. Native to the western edge of Minnesota.

Pollinators: Wind-pollinated. Host plant for several species of butterflies and moths.

Leaves: Heavily divided leaves that are feathery in appearance. Have very fine hairs that give the plants a silvery appearance.

Flowers: Inconspicuous, tiny yellow flowers form on non-branching stems.

Cultural Significance:

Sage is one of the Four Sacred Medicines of Dakota, Lakota and Ojibwe Nations along with Sweetgrass (Hierochloe hirta), White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) and Tobacco (Cornus sericea). Fringed Sage (Artemisia frigida) is referred to as the female species of sage, where Prairie Sage (Artemisia ludoviciana) is the male species.

More Information: USDA PLANT database profile

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