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PlantFiles: Dusty Miller, Native Wormwood, White Sage, Louisiana Sagewort
Artemisia ludoviciana

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Artemisia (ar-te-MIZ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: ludoviciana (loo-doh-vik-ee-AH-nuh) (Info)

Synonym:Artemisia purshiana

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Siirenias On Aug 10, 2013, Siirenias from Oak Park, CA wrote:

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE this plant. Its foliage is fragrant, showy and even delicious.

However, the rhizomes that feed and support a colony of White Sagebrush are a favorite food of the pocket gophers we get down here near Los Angeles; maybe that's why it's somewhat absent in the wild in LA and Ventura Counties. I just can't seem to keep it, and have had to concede defeat for the time being.

Neutral frostweed On Nov 30, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Dusty Miller, Native Wormwood, White Sage, Louisiana Sagewort Artemisia ludoviciana is native to Texas and other States.

Positive amg52amg On Jun 16, 2006, amg52amg from Davenport, IA wrote:

A few years ago I bought a single, scraggly stem at the end of the season, popped it in the ground, and forgot about it. The next summer I had multiple silver plants, and then the invasion began! This tall, simple plant provides striking contrast to barberries, evergreens, and cottoneasters. Volunteers are easy to pull - the more runner you pull, the better your control will be. I love it next to the hot, dusty road, where I also have self-seeding cleome.

Positive Bricca On Jul 16, 2003, Bricca from Sugar Grove, NC wrote:

We love this plant for its ability to spread. Its silvery foliage is a gorgeous contrast to other greens. Grows in the worst of soils; seems to love rocky hillsides as well as the best soil. Very drought tolerant. No maintenance required; survived a very icy mountain winter too! A perfect perennial, just pull up the volunteers and stick them in the ground wherever you want a hardy touch of silver!

Neutral Terry On Mar 10, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Upright perennial is native to midwest U.S. Aromatic, lance-shaped, silver-white leaves; in summer bears nondescript gray-white flower plumes. Has running roots; can be aggressive in well-drained soil. Very drought-tolerant.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Dewey, Arizona
Davenport, Iowa
North Plainfield, New Jersey
Deposit, New York
Sugar Grove, North Carolina
Winston-salem, North Carolina
Halfway House, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Dallas, Texas
Dalworthington Gardens, Texas
Richmond, Texas

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