Pasture Sage is a fairly small, highly aromatic perennial that is silvery-green and widespread throughout ecosystems in the South Interior. It has a long history of medicinal and ceremonial use among First Nations peoples. Although generally coexists with other species, it can become weedy in overgrazed areas.
|Height and Spread
||10 – 40 cm tall.
||Up to 30 cm spread.
||Yellow disk flowers.
||July – August.
||Seeds mature in late summer. August – September.
|Light and Water
||Generally grows on hot, open slopes and grasslands.
||Grows in very dry conditions.
||While several species of Artemisia were valued by First Nations peoples, Pasture Sage particularly was used to drive away mosquitos and other biting insects, as well as fleas and bedbugs.
||Pasture Sage is used as a food source for rabbits and grouse, as well as some other larger mammals.
||Pasture Sage is easily propagated and grows well in very dry and hot conditions. It is smaller than some other species of Artemisia and can be the foundation of a native plant landscaped area.
||Opinions on the usefulness of Pasture Sage for livestock grazing are divided, with some considering it a useful species and others seeing it as a weed that provides no value. It is also commonly known as Prairie Sage.
||Pasture Sage can be easily propagated by seed.