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Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. albula (White sagebrush)
Knight, Marilyn McBroom

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. albula

Artemisia ludoviciana Nutt. ssp. albula (Woot.) D.D. Keck

White Sagebrush, White Wormwood

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Artemisia albula, Artemisia ludoviciana var. albula


USDA Native Status: L48 (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 sagebrush is a western native that has been introduced eastward; it is often considered an invasive weed. Aromatic, often spreads to form colonies.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate , Linear
Leaf Margin: Entire
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Leaf: White-gray
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Flowers are inconspicuous.


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MS , NM , NV , NY , OH , TX

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun


Use Medicinal: This plant was used for a variety of medicinal and ceremonial purposes by various tribes in North America.
Interesting Foliage: yes
Fragrant Foliage: yes

Additional resources

USDA: Find Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. albula in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. albula in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. albula


Record Modified: 2012-06-30
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