Sage, Prairie - Louisiana Sage (Artemisia ludoviciana) - 100 Seeds
•US Native Wildflower
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 1-11
This attractive plant will fill the air with a spicy scent. The silvery foliage stands out in beautiful contrast in native plantings, as well as being a carefree, bushy ground cover.
Prairie Sage seeds spring up naturally on dry slopes, canyons, open woods, and dry prairies. Its silvery foliage is a food source for animals such as grouse, jackrabbits, antelope, and pronghorn. This plant was one of the most commonly used by Native American tribes, who had numerous medicinal and ceremonial purposes for prairie sage.
Direct sow prairie sage seeds on the surface of the soil in late fall. For spring planting, stratify by mixing the seed with moist sand and storing it in the refrigerator for 30 days before direct sowing. To start indoors after stratifying, sow the seed on the surface of a flat; keep it lightly moist and at a temperature of 65-70 degrees F until germination. Transplant seedlings as soon as they develop a good root system. This plant grows well in poor soil and adapts to rocky, sandy, or clay soils. It tolerates drought well, but does not do well in high humidity. The tops of the stems can be pinched back in spring to tidy the plant's growth; if it begins to decline in summer, the foliage can also be cut back late in the season to promote new growth. When cut in the fall, new growth may appear through the winter. Since this rather aggressive plant both reseeds itself and spreads by means of rhizomes, deadheading the fading flower heads will help prevent excessive new growth. This plant repels deer and rabbits, and helps with erosion control. Its striking silver foliage makes it a good choice for contrast in plantings, and its hardy spread makes it a carefree, bushy ground cover.
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