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Artemisia frigida

Artemisia frigida
SKU: HC017918
per Plant - 2.5" Pot
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Artemisia frigida (Prairie Sagebrush) 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.
key features
Botanical Name
Artemisia frigida
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Native, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Low Maintenance, Fragrant, Evergreen, Mass Plantings
Soil Moisture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
6-18" tall
Bloom Time
Late summer


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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