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Sage Brush

Artemisia tridentata

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Sage Brush (Artemisia tridentata) at Walton's Garden Center

Sage Brush foliage

Sage Brush foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Sage Brush (Artemisia tridentata) at Walton's Garden Center

Sage Brush

Sage Brush

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  8 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  7b

Other Names:  Wormwood, Mugwort


A large growing variety needing full sun and room to spread; fine silvery foliage for a great landscape contrast; does best in poor, dry soils, an ideal planting for adverse conditions where little else will grow

Ornamental Features

Sage Brush's attractive small tomentose lobed leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Sage Brush is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading
  • Self-Seeding

Sage Brush is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Sage Brush will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for clay, alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Garden 
Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features