Sand Sage (Artemisia filifolia)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Sand Sage
Artemisia filifolia
Compositae

The leaves are very soft and have been used as a substitute for toilet paper[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant is carminative and stomachic[61, 257]. A tea is used in the treatment of indigestion[216]. An infusion of the plant and juniper branches is used in the treatment of indigestion[257]. A strong infusion of the plant is used as a lotion on snakebites[257]. The plant is also used to treat boils[257].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, skin contact with some members of this genus can cause dermatitis or other allergic reactions in some people[222].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – surface sow from late winter to early summer in a greenhouse in a very free-draining soil, but make sure that the compost does not dry out. The seed usually germinates within 1 – 2 weeks in a warm greenhouse. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Division in spring or autumn[200].
Easily grown in a well-drained circumneutral or slightly alkaline loamy soil, preferring a warm sunny dry position. Established plants are drought tolerant[200]. Plants are longer lived, more hardy and more aromatic when they are grown in a poor dry soil[245]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
Central and Southern N. America – Nebraska to Utah, Wyoming, Texas and Mexico.

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