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White Sagewort

Photo by Iralee Barnard

Common Name: White Sagewort

Scientific Name: Artemisia ludoviciana

Family: Aster

Longevity: Perennial

Height: 1 - 2 feet

Bloom Period: August and September

 

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.