Artemisia frigida

Artemisia frigida, also called Prairie Sagebrush or called Fringed Sage, is a lovely Western native enjoyed for its soft, fragrant silver foliage and low-growing habit. Tufted, silky foliage grows from tough, woody crowns, and tiny yellow flowers bloom subtly in summer. It is an excellent groundcover and complements a soothing silvery color palette. A tough perennial that grows well in dry, well-drained soil.
Zones3 - 10
Deer Resistant
Great For Mass Plantings
Low Maintenance
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Water Tolerance
Mature Height 6-18" tall
Mature Spread12-18" wide
Bloom TimeLate summer
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Item Package SizePlant - 2.5" Pot

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To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
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Artemisia frigida, also called Prairie Sagebrush or called Fringed Sage, is a lovely Western native xeric groundcover. A common species in the short grass prairies and foothills of the Western Great Plains, it makes a great host plant for Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja), which must attach itself to the roots of certain other plants to get the nutrients it needs to grow; seed Castilleja around the base of this sage in the spring. It’s also a great meadow plant when mixed with native grasses like Blue Grama, Little Bluestem, and other prairie natives like Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris punctata), Coneflower (Ratibida), and Santa Fe Phlox (Phlox nana ‘Perfect Pink’). It also complements the silvery colors of cacti, succulents, Lavender, Nepeta, and Yarrow. Performs best in lean, dry, well-drained soils and full sun. Avoid planting in moist to wet soils, where roots may rot. To encourage bushy growth, prune in spring, but leave plenty of live buds on each stem, and do not prune stems all the way to the ground. Foliage may be trimmed back lightly in summer for a neater look, but do not prune in fall. Foliage is evergreen in warm winter climates.

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Item Package Size
Plant - 2.5" Pot
Common Name
Prairie Sagebrush
Botanical Name
Artemisia frigida
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Mature Height
6-18" tall
Mature Spread
12-18" wide
Bloom Time
Late summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Evergreen Foliage
Soil Type
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Deer Resistant, Native, Great For Mass Plantings, Evergreen, Low Maintenance, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Rabbit Resistant
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
North America
Ships To Canada
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