Artemisia frigida

FRINGED SAGEBRUSH

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Description

Artemisia frigida

FRINGED SAGEBRUSH

This tough plant has woolly, silver-white foliage, giving it an almost ghostly look.
So the finely divided and feathery leaves glow in the moonlight; and shimmer in the bright hot sun.
Artemisia frigida Fringed Sagebrush is indeed a tough but beautiful treasure.

Water-wise & drought resistant groundcover

Artemisia frigida is valuable for gardeners with hot, dry, frosty conditions, windy sites and poor soil, as well as seaside gardens.
Because it is virtually immune to all these hardships.

Gold medal for toughness

Artemisia frigida Fringed Sagebrush is a perennial, but with a woody base.
So the stems spread out, forming a mat or clump.
It makes a highly effective groundcover. 
The Royal Horticultural Society have bestowed the prestigious “Award of Garden Merit” in recognition of all round beauty and hardiness. 

Heat, wind & frost hardy

This interesting and tough contrast plant, is native to deserts and dry habitats.
Where it is found on rocky ground and prairies through arid zones.
So no surprise that it resents over-watering, and prefers not to be fed.
And it provides beautiful contrasts of colour and texture, with just a minimum of water.

Insect repellent

Artemisia frigida is also valued as a companion plant to grow near veggie, fruit and rose gardens. Where the aromatic foliage assists to repel bugs. 
It also looks wonderful in a sun drenched decorative pot, where it glows as a white woolly sheet.

Growing: Artemisia frigida
FRINGED SAGEBRUSH

Height with flowers: Artemisia frigida grows to a height of 40cm. approx. when it is in flower.
But as the flowers are insignificant, I prefer to shear off the flower stems once a year and just keep it as a ghostly mat. 
Width: Forms a groundcover to a diameter of 80-100cm. 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.

Drought & frost proof groundcover

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 with ease once established. 
Frost: Artemisia frigida is extremely frost hardy due to it’s desert habitat. So it can tolerate very hard frosts down to well below -20C.
– Water-wise: Artemisia frigida thrives on a minimum of water.
Growth: Evergreen (or really ever grey-white) perennial groundcover.

Other benefits

Fragrance: Pleasantly aromatic leaves, with the scent especially pronounced after rain and in heat.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Valuable to native bees. But also very valuable to nesting birds and small animals, as it provides insect repelling, soft woolly nest lining.- Care: An annual hard cut back to reshape after (or even before) flowering is the only work needed. It does not like to be fertilized or fed with compost. And watering is at an absolute minimum. 
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 arid areas of Texas and Arizona in North America. 

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 repellent 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.

 

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