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ARTEMISIA ludoviciana 'Valerie Finnis'

Image of Artemisia ludoviciana 'Valerie Finnis'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ARTEMISIA ludoviciana 'Valerie Finnis'

Plant Common Name

Valerie Finnis White Sagebrush, Western Mugwort, White Sagebrush

General Description

Valerie Finnis western mugwort is a compact clump-forming, herbaceous perennial native to western North America, including Mexico. The lance shaped, silvery white leaves may have some jagged edges or lobes at their tips. When crushed, they are fragrant. Woolly, yellowish brown flowerheads appear from midsummer to fall.

Western mugwort is often regarded as invasive and grows best in well drained soil and full sun. This plant is used in sunny mixed borders and rock gardens, and is a great dried flower.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    20"-24" / 50.8cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Central United States, South-Central United States, Western United States, Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Silver

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Dried Flower/Everlasting, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    No