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Artemisia ludoviciana

Common Name(s):
Western mugwort, White sage
'Silver King'

White sage is an herbaceous perennial in the Asteraceae family. This plant grows in poor to moderately fertile, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Excellent soil drainage is essential for growing this plant well. The blooms are yellowish gray with little ornamental value and are followed by dry brown achene fruits. The leaves lance shaped (2-4" long) and are a striking silvery-green and fragrant.  The silver color gives the plant its common name.  This makes a striking accent plant for green-leaved plants.  This plant tolerates drought, erosion, and dry soil.  It can spread so consider using soil barriers. It propagates by division in late summer to early autumn. 'Silver King' appears to spread less agressively.

Wildlife Value: This plant tolerates damage by rabbit and deer.  

Play Value: Wind Screen & Buffers; Wildlife Enhancement

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect problems but can suffer root rot in moist or poorly drained soils. In summer foliage declines and stems may flop over and become unsightly.  This plant spreads by rhizomes and/or self-seeding and can become weedy. 

2-3 ft.
Flower Color:
Zones 4-9
Rhizomes, seed
Full sun
Dry, poor, well-drained
North America
dry, gray foliage, erosion, rabbit, weedy, drought tolerant, fragrant leaves, silver foliage, play, playground, dry soil, children’s garden, deer resistant

NCCES plant id: 3193

Artemisia ludoviciana in bloom Artemisia ludoviciana in bloom.
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Artemisia ludoviciana Underside of leaf.
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Artemisia ludoviciana Fruits
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Artemisia ludoviciana Flowers close up.
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