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Prairie Sage (Artemisia ludoviciana)

Prairie Sage (Artemisia ludoviciana)

Spreading by rhizomes, Prairie Sage can form dense colonies that give a distinctive silver-green accent to large plantings on sunny sites with mesic to dry soil. Its stems and foliage are covered with woolly gray or white hairs and topped by nodding clusters of yellowish disk flowers that bloom through summer. These flowers attract many pollinators. Prairie Sage is also one of the host plants for the American Lady and the Painted Lady. The plants reach heights of 3’ and are easily propagated by rhizome cuttings in spring, tip cuttings in early summer or by division of mature plants. This species is the Sage used in Sage Bundles for smudging and ceremonial purposes for many Native American tribes. 


Prairie Sage, also called White Sagebrush, is aggressive and rhizomatous and therefore may not be suitable for small landscape plantings. 


Zone: 4 to 9 

Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet 

Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet 

Bloom Time: August to September 

Sun: Full sun 

Water: Dry to medium 

Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil 


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