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Artemisia ludoviciana Nutt.
Louisiana artemisia, Louisiana sage, White sage, Prairie sage, Silver sage, White sagebrush, Louisiana wormwood, Silver wormwood, Louisiana sagewort, Gray sagewort, Cudweed sagewort, Mugwort wormwood
USDA Symbol: arlu
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
This is a stiff, aromatic, silvery-white perennial, 1 1/2-3 ft. tall, which can spread quickly to form large colonies. Shrub-like, white, densely matted with hairs, from rhizome. Small, yellowish flowers are secondary to the silver color of the erect stems and narrow leaves, created by a dense coat of hairs.
This is a common artemisia, with attractive, fragrant, whitish green foliage. Its adaptability and tendency to colonize makes it a good choice for a low-maintenance, knee- to waist-high groundcover. It can even take mowing.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Subshrub Root Type: Tap Leaf Retention: Semi-evergreen Size Notes:
White-gray. Northern populations have whiter, broader leaves. Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Much of North America, from Canada south to Mexico Native Habitat:
Dry slopes; canyons; open pine woods; dry prairies. Eastern populations more in uplands, western populations more in lowlands.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Drought Tolerance: High
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Dry to mesic, rocky, shallow soils, well drained. Sand, loam, clay, caliche, limestone. Very adaptable.
Conditions Comments: Becomes leggy in fertile, moist soils.
A colonizing groundcover plant that has attractive silvery foliage and takes tough conditions. Use Medicinal:
Tea from leaves for stomach troubles. Tea of roots for laxative, inability to urinate and difficulty in childbirth. Crushed leaf as snuff for sinus
attacks, nosebleed and headaches. Strong tea as wash for eczema, deodorant and antiperspirant for underarms and feet. Use Other:
Smoke for ceremonial uses. Tea from leaves for ceremonial bathing. Cut stalks used for fragrant wreaths and floral arrangements. Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationPropagation Material: Root Division , Seeds
Description: Increase by sowing seeds or dividing the rhizomes in spring or fall. Mature plants may also be divided.
Commercially Avail: yes
Maintenance: Mow in fall to have rosettes throughout winter.
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National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
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Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0104
Collected Nov. 10, 1990 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
Record Last Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff