Artemisia frigida (Fringed sagebrush)

Also known as Prairie sagewort. Distinctive mat-forming subshrub from 4-16 in. tall with grey-green velvety evergreen leaves, flowering June to September. Prefers coarse, shallow, arid soils of regularly disturbed sites; 2,000 to 11,500 ft. elevation. Rhizomatous, readily sprouting after fire and disturbance. Most widely distributed of all the sagebrush species, occurring throughout the northern hemisphere from cold boreal regions to the central grasslands; also in sagebrush steppe and woodland communities. Thrives along ditches and streambanks. Moderately browsed by native ungulates in winter and spring. Important food source for small mammals and birds, including sage-grouse and greater prairie-chickens. Attractive and pleasantly aromatic, increasingly used in xeriscape landscaping.

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Family: Asteraceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Subshrub

Native Status: Native

Growth Form: Rhizomatous

Mature Height: 2 ft.

Bloom Color: White

Fruit/Seed Color: White

Bloom Period: Summer

Annual Precipitation: 10-40 in.

Drought Tolerance: High

Shade Tolerance: Intermediate

Elevation:  3,000-8,000 ft.

Wetland Indicator Status

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: Medium

Nitrogen fixation: None


Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance: Medium

CaCO3 Tolerance: High

pH Range: 7.0-9.0


Seeds per Pound: 4,536,000

Seeding Rate:  PLS lbs/acre

Season: Fall/Winter

Days to Germination: