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

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)
Cultivar: Silver King

Synonym:Artemisia ludoviciana albula
Synonym:Artemisia purshiana

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14 members have or want this plant for trade.


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:
Bright 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

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

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cheerpeople On Jan 31, 2009, cheerpeople from northwest, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Requires no care at all. Can be yanked up (literally) and replanted if it grows out of bounds. If you haven't read Mrs. Greenthumbs book on this plant it's funny! Occasional success just putting cuttings in the ground as well. It is more die-hard here than A. 'Silvermound' much taller, and very white dried in a vase.
Interweaves well for photos of other plants.

Neutral frostweed On Dec 29, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

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

Positive zorba On Jul 12, 2004, zorba from Lake George, MN (Zone 3a) wrote:

I use this plant (silver king) as a companion to white asiactic lillies and the effect is very calming. Both of these plants have been growing together for more than five years and look better each year. Both have very reliable in Zone 3a.

Neutral MaryE On Aug 5, 2003, MaryE from Baker City, OR (Zone 5b) wrote:

Spreads by underground roots, also by seeds. Has a strong odor when disturbed. The silvery spikes add interest to the garden and I love the combination of the silver with plants having purple flowers. A lot of it gets pulled up every year and there is still plenty. I have some in my flower beds and some in half barrels in a hot full sun location with mint and other herbs that were chosen because of purple flowers or grey-green or varigated leaves. It makes a nice combination of form and color.

Neutral violabird On May 25, 2003, violabird from Barnesville, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Can be invasive but just pull it out! Love it for the tall accent and makes for wonderful wreaths and dried flower arrangements.


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

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jacksonville, Florida
Barnesville, Georgia
Cordele, Georgia
Dallas, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Chadwick, Illinois
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Mattawan, Michigan
Lake George, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mathiston, Mississippi
Pascagoula, Mississippi
Saint Louis, Missouri
Plainfield, New Jersey
Roswell, New Mexico
Deposit, New York
Broadway, North Carolina
Baker City, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
Toone, Tennessee
Olympia, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Charleston, West Virginia

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