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fringed sage

Artemisia frigida

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low
full sun
upright subshrub
8 - 24"
inconspicuous
late summer

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E. Conrad

These well-established sages flourish without supplemental irrigation
These well-established sages flourish without supplemental irrigation

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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A young sage shows off its striking sea-green coloring against fallen hawthorn leaves
A young sage shows off its striking sea-green coloring against fallen hawthorn leaves

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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These well-established sages flourish without supplemental irrigation
These well-established sages flourish without supplemental irrigation

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Fringed sage is a versatile, no-fuss perennial for difficult sites. Feathery silver branches make a perfect counterpoint to brightly colored perennials like blanket flower, penstemon, and hairy golden aster. Bonus: it smells great and can handle occasional trampling. Overwatered fringed sage tend to get very large and sprawly, so be prepared to cut them back periodically (which they don’t mind), or better yet don’t water them after they’ve established!