Western Mugwort (Artemisia ludoviciana) (White Sagebrush)
Family: Wormwood (Artemisia)
Patch-forming, herbaceous perennial native to western and central US. The soft, silvery-white and aromatic leaves give rise to dangling flowers of sunshine yellow. Used extensively by the Native Americans and currently much valued by local herbalists in the form of tea, spice, poultice, smudge and snuff. The plant is astringent, deodorant and very friendly to the touch. Is medicinally used in treating eczema, spider bites, stomach ache, and menstrual complaints. The fruit is a minute achene.
This plant was used by many Native American groups for a variety of medicinal, veterinary, and ceremonial purposes.
Cultivation: A popular garden plant, although it has a tendency to be aggressive in some gardens. The most commonly grown forms are the selections A. ludoviciana "Valerie Finnis" and "Silver Queen", the former named after British gardener and photographer Valerie Finnis (19242006). Both these selections were awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1993, and are hardy to USDA zone 4.
Plant prefers full sun to part shade and will thrive in dry, depleted soils. Sow in spring. Press hard into surface and keep moist until germination.
200 seeds/pkt. Open pollinated