Alternate name: Prairie Sagewort, Fringed Sage
Family: Asteraceae, Aster view all from this family
Description This is a low-spreading, semi-evergreen shrub, with numerous stems arising from a woody base to 18 in. The deeply-divided, soft, woolly, gray-green leaves are fine-textured (almost hair-like) and aromatic. The pale yellow flowers and the fruit are rather inconspicuous.
Habitat Open, high plains; alpine areas.
Range Alaska to e. Washington and n. Arizona, east to Wisconsin and Texas.
Discussion Drought tolerant. A good soil stabilizer and ground cover. Important winter feed for Elk, Pronghorn, and deer. Pollen is a cause of hay fever.
Comments Shear flower stems off to basal foliage to induce new growth and keep the plant in its prime. Drought tolerant. A good soil stabilizer and ground cover. Considered a weed in rangelands because it increases rapidly in heavily grazed areas. Pollen is a cause of hayfever.
Exposure Preference Sun to partial sun.
Native Distribution Alaska to e. Washington & n. Arizona, e. to Wisconsin & Texas
Site Preference Open, high plains; alpine areas
Soil Preference Poor, dry soil.
Wildlife Value Important winter feed for elk and deer.