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Prairie Sage
Artemisia ludoviciana

Prairie sage is a native perennial that is grown for its silvery gray foliage. It is a good groundcover for sunny, dry slopes because of its aggressive habit. This species is also good for restorations, as a contrast plant in landscapes and for aromatic use. Spreads quickly in gardens.

USDA symbol: ARLU

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height2 to 3 feet
Light ExposureSun
Soil MoistureDry, Medium
Bloom ColorGreen
Prairie Sage (Prairie Sage<div><em class="small">Artemisia ludoviciana</em></div>)
Photo credit: United States Department of Agriculture (Click to enlarge)


Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience9
Salt ToleranceHigh
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant, Fire Tolerant

Pollinator Value: High

Bloom MonthsMay to October
Pollinator BenefitStem Nesting

Project Planning

Project TypeRestoration, Sandy or Engineered Soils, Upland Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism4
Herbivore SensitivityMedium
Rate of SpreadFast
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAnoka, Becker, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Lac qui Parle, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Scott, Sherburne, St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands