White Sagewort

White Sagewort
White Sagewort
 Iralee Barnard

White Sagewort
Artemisia ludoviciana

 

Family Aster
Longevity Perennial
Height 1 - 2 feet

Bloom Period

March April May June July August September October
  • Description: Erect stems and leaves are covered in woolly, white hairs. Leaves are alternate, lobed and highly variable in shape. Flowers are small and inconspicuous at the tops of the stems.
  • Comments: The crushed leaves of White Sagewort produce a sage-like aroma. Artemisias were believed to have magic powers and is still used in many of the Plains Indian rites and ceremonies. It is made into ceremonial tea. White Sagewort was also used to relieve a broad range of ailments. Branches can be dried and used in bouquets and wreaths. It is common in prairies nearly throughout the state.


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