(Artemisia frigida 'Prairie')
Prairie Sage is a native clump-forming, woody perennial herb that can be commonly found growing in dry open areas of the Great Plains. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 9-18” and features erect woody stems, ½-1 ½ silky-haired, deeply-cut, silvery-white foliage, and nodding clusters of yellow flowers. This plant provides bird forage, is resistant to deer and rabbit, tolerates drought, the leaves are used to repel insects, it is used to make dyes, burning the leaves repels mosquitoes, self sows, and it is both edible and medicinal!
Genus: Artemisia frigida
Variety: Prairie Sage
Also Known As: Silky Wormwood, Fringed Sagebrush, Fringed Sagewort, Pasture Sage, Prairie Sage, Prairie Sagewort, Fringed Wormwood, Sweet Sage, Northern Wormwood.
Native to: Alaska, Alberta, Altay, Arizona, British Columbia, Buryatiya, China North-Central, China South-Central, Chita, Colorado, East European Russia, Idaho, Illinois, Inner Mongolia, Iowa, Irkutsk, Kansas, Kazakhstan, Krasnoyarsk, Magadan, Manchuria, Manitoba, Minnesota, Mongolia, Montana, Nebraska, New Brunswick, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northwest Territorie, Nunavut, Ontario, Qinghai, Québec, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Tadzhikistan, Texas, Tibet, Utah, Washington, West Siberia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yukon.
Introduced into: New York.
Ease of Growing: Moderate.
Grown as: Perennial
Maturity (Blooms): August
Light: Full sun
Water: Low. Does poorly in moist to wet soils where plants are susceptible to root rot.
Soil Moisture: Dry. Well drained. Excellent soil drainage is essential for growing this plant well.
Attracts Beneficial Insects?: Yes. Attracts hummingbirds as well as being resistance to deer and rabbits.
Containers: No. This plant develops a long tap root making it not a good fit for small containers.
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
USDA Zone: 3a-10b
Produces: erect woody stems, ½-1 ½ silky-haired, deeply-cut, silvery-white foliage, and nodding clusters of yellow flowers.
Garden Uses: Silver-white foliage provides excellent contrast to flowering plants and green foliage in rock gardens, wildflower gardens, border fronts and herb gardens. Good selection for areas with poor dry soils.