Artemisia filifolia Torr.
Sand Sagebrush, Silver Sagebrush, Silvery Wormwood, Sand Sage
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Oligosporus filifolius
USDA Symbol: ARFI2
Good for erosion control. May self-sow in preferred conditions. A hayfever plant.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall, often shorter.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Brown
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: AZ , CO , CT , KS , NE , NM , NV , NY , OK , SD , TX , UT , WY
Native Distribution: NE & WY, s. to AZ, TX & n. Mex.
Native Habitat: Dunes
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Cold Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Sandy
Conditions Comments: Shearing ruins the delicacy of the foliage. Too much water induces rank growth. Good for erosion control. May self-sow in preferred conditions. A hayfever plant.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Aromatic, Accent tree or shrub, Erosion control, Border, Backdrop
Use Wildlife: Seeds are an important food for sharptail grouse and other birds. Cover, Fruit-birds
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsProvides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Propagate by seed.
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
Bibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
Search More Titles in Bibliography
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 74 - Southwest Colorado Wildflowers (2020) Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Artemisia filifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Artemisia filifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Artemisia filifolia
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-11-22
Research By: TWC Staff