This tough plant has sparkling, pale grey foliage. Making its appearance almost ghostly. Artemisia frigida FRINGED SAGEBRUSH is a perennial but with a woody base. The stems spread out, generally forming a mat or clump. The foliage is finely divided and feathery in appearance. It is another plant of great, easy growth that has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
Heat, wind & frost hardy
An interesting and tough contrast plant. Artemisia frigida FRINGED SAGEBRUSH is native to deserts and dry habitats on the plains, rocky ground and prairies through arid parts of the world. This shows that it actually prefers these rough and tough conditions. It a plant that doesn’t like to be over-watered or fed at all.
The scented foliage of the Fringed Sagebrush works readily as an insect repellent.
Growing: Artemisia frigida
– Height with flowers: 40cm. approx.
– Width: 50cm. approx.
– Position: Full Sun, dry and very well drained. Relishes hot, dry, windy, seaside positions. The tougher the conditions the better for Artemisia frigida. Tolerates extremes of cold and heat, frost, and dry conditions.
– Soil: Enjoys soils with excellent drainage, and thoroughly enjoys sandy, also gravel or rocky soils. Thrives in soils with poor nutrient levels. Accepts average garden loam happily, but do not feed with fertilizer, manure or compost. It will tolerate dry and drought like conditions once established with ease.
– Frost: Hardy.
– Growth: Evergreen Perennial bush.
– Fragrance: Pleasantly aromatic leaves, with the scent especially pronounced after rain and in heat.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Valued to native bees and also to small animals by providing nesting materials.
– Care: An annual hard cut back to reshape after flowering is the only work needed. It doesn’t actually like any fertilising or rich compost at all. Furthermore it doesn’t enjoy too much watering either.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Thank the gods of gardening! Chewing pests are repelled by the bitter taste because of the volatile oils in the foliage.
Naturally drought resistant
– Origin: Native to Texas, Arizona in North America. Also Northern Asia and Eurasia.
Useful companion plant for centuries
– Culinary uses: Native American Indian plains tribes apparently found the flavour of Artemisia frigida a wonderful condiment when cooking sweet corn.
– Medicinal uses: Undoubtedly Artemisia frigida has led a very busy life over the centuries as a traditional medicine.
Traditionally used to treat heartburn and indigestion, coughs, colds and also menstrual difficulties. While the roots have also been used to make a tonics and stimulants.
– Insect repellant uses: The foliage from Artemisia frigida has been particularly valued for traditional home uses. Usually in insect repelling saches and pot pourri. Great for keeping critters out of cupboards and rooms.