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Artemisia filifolia - Torr.

Common Name Sand Sage, Sand sagebrush
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, skin contact with some members of this genus can cause dermatitis or other allergic reactions in some people[222].
Habitats Sandy soils[164] in deserts[216] and dry plains[235].
Range Central and Southern N. America - Nebraska to Utah, Wyoming, Texas and Mexico.
Edibility Rating    (0 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Artemisia filifolia Sand Sage, Sand sagebrush


Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 3: 525.
Artemisia filifolia Sand Sage, Sand sagebrush
Al Schneider @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

 

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Summary

Common names include sand sagebrush, sand sage and sandhill sage, silvery wormwood.


Physical Characteristics

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Artemisia filifolia is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1.2 m (4ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Carminative  Miscellany  Stomachic

The plant is carminative and stomachic[61, 257]. A tea is used in the treatment of indigestion[216]. An infusion of the plant and juniper branches is used in the treatment of indigestion[257]. A strong infusion of the plant is used as a lotion on snakebites[257]. The plant is also used to treat boils[257].

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Other Uses

Miscellany

The leaves are very soft and have been used as a substitute for toilet paper[257]. It is sometimes used for revegetation efforts on rangeland and coal fields.

Cultivation details

Easily grown in a well-drained circumneutral or slightly alkaline loamy soil, preferring a warm sunny dry position. Established plants are drought tolerant[200]. Plants are longer lived, more hardy and more aromatic when they are grown in a poor dry soil[245]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].

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Propagation

Seed - surface sow from late winter to early summer in a greenhouse in a very free-draining soil, but make sure that the compost does not dry out. The seed usually germinates within 1 - 2 weeks in a warm greenhouse. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Division in spring or autumn[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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This plant can be weedy or invasive. Some reports of weed problems in Nebraska and Wyoming, USA.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.

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