Artemisia ludoviciana

Artemisia ludoviciana

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Description

Key Information:

Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 2 – 4 feet
Bloom Color: Green – Yellow and fairly inconspicuous
Bloom Season: August – October

More Detail:

Suggested Uses: The foliage is very aromatic. Establish a patch of Prairie Sage, so that you have a good supply of it for making garlands and wreathes. This plant is good for shoreline restoration. It spreads from the root and can be aggressive, but is usually kept in check by alternating year to year environmental conditions. Use in smaller quantities. It is usually the last plant in the prairie with ripe seed.

Cultural significance: Prairie 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). It is referred to as the male species of sage, where Fringed Sage (Artemisia frigida) is the female species.

Native Range:  Native across the U.S., with highest density in the West and the Desert Southwest. Native throughout the state of Minnesota.

Pollinators: Wind-pollinated but very attractive and important to many pollinators. Host plant for the American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) and American Painted Lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui).

Flowers: Flowers are small, numerous and grow from leaf axils. They are fairly inconspicuous.

Leaves: The leaves are alternate, toothed or lobed, 1-4″ long. Fine hairs make these leaves soft and silvery.

Interesting Facts:

Food Uses: It is NOT the same sage that you use in cooking. Can be toxic in large doses.
More Info: It can be used as a forage plant by cattle and is eaten by many wild animals.
Other Names: Silver Wormwood, White Sagebrush, Wild Sage, White Sage, Wormwood, White Mugwort, Western Mugwort, Louisiana sage, Darkleaf Mugwort, Mexican Sagewort, Chihuahua Sagewort, Garfield Tea, Lobed Cudweed.

More information: USDA PLANT database profile

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