Artemisia ludoviciana - PRAIRIE SAGE

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Also called "white sage", this is native perennial to most of states of USA and Canada.

Beautiful for it's hairy gray leaves and stems. This wildflower spreads quickly and aggressively with rhizomes, so this plants is suitable for larger landscaping project or for naturalization. The rhizomes are right underneath the soil surface, so if not wanted, it's easy to reduce it's size

Up to 3' tall x 4' wide and spreading, requires enough room. Flower in second half of summer, but flower are insignificant.

Full sun, half shade, adaptable to virtually any soil, medium to dry (including clay). But the best is drier and drained soil (shallower, rocky, poorer, sandy, gravelly, or simply drained soil), because if planted in rich and moist soil, it becomes a bit leggy or even floppy.

The more extreme the place is, the slower this sage spreads.

It can be easily cut back any time, if the shape or size is undesirable, it re-sprouts quite quickly with new silver and aromatic leaves.

It was used in Sage Bundles for smudging and ceremonial purposes by many Native American tribes.

Deer an rabbit resistant plant. It attracts sveral grasshoppers, and is host plant for larvae of one native moth. Hardy in zones 3 to 7.

Best for larger or large naturalistic plantings, as erosion control on slopes, shallow soils, naturalization.

Looks good with bigger prairie plants like Baptisia, Echinacea (E. angustifolia, pallida, paradoxa, tennesseensis), Rudbeckia, Monarda fistulosa, Silphium terebinthinaceum or other bigger plants. It can choke small or tender plants, so still you may have to keep an eye on how much it spreads.

Picture copyright : US Perennials nursery

Pot size : square 3.5" x 4" perennial pot

 

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  • 5
    Prairie Sage

    Posted by Kathryn Teige on 7th May 2021

    Beautiful plants! Can't wait to put them into my landscaping. US Perennials is my new favorite source for native plants.