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Common Name: Sagewort

Other Names: White Sage, Western Mugwort, Louisiana Wormwood, Louisiana Sagewort

Species Name: Artemisia ludoviciana

Plant Type: Forb

Family Name: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Distribution in the U.S. Western half of U.S. from Canada to Mexico
Distribution in Oklahoma Across the state; greatest populations in western two-thirds of the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Dark gray-green top side of leaves; silvery white underside
    • Leaves narrow and pointed with varying number of pointed fingers off sides
    • Smells of mentholatum when crushed


    • Small yellowish-white flowers on branches at very top of plant
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Leaf Type: Simple
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
    • Leaf Shape: Lobed
    • Stipules: Absent
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Flower Color: White to yellow-tan
    • Flower Timing: August-October
    • Fruit Type: Achene



Soil Type Various
Habitat Prairies and forest edges
Successional Stage Mid to late


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