White Sage (Artemisia ludoviciana)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
White Sage
Artemisia ludoviciana
Compositae

The plant makes a useful ground cover plant once it is established[190].

The leaves can be placed in the shoes as a foot deodorant[257]. An infusion of the leaves has been used as an underarm deodorant[257].

The soft leaves can be used as a toilet paper[257].

The plant can be burnt to repel mosquitoes[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves are astringent[222]. They were commonly used by the N. American Indians to induce sweating, curb pain and diarrhoea[222]. A weak tea was used in the treatment of stomach ache and menstrual disorders[222].

    Externally, a wash of the leaves was applied to itching, rashes, swellings, boils, sores, etc[222]. The wash was also applied to eczema and as an underarm deodorant[257]. A poultice of the leaves can be applied to spider bites, blisters and burst boils[257].

    A snuff of the crushed leaves has been used to treat headaches, the sinuses and nosebleeds[257].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves and flowering heads are used as a flavouring or garnish for sauces, gravies etc[183].

    A herb tea is made from the leaves and flowering heads[183].

    Seed[105, 161, 177, 183]. No further details are given but the seed is very small and fiddly to use.

  • Cautionary Notes

    There is a report that the plant can cause allergies in some people[222].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – surface sow from late winter to early summer in a greenhouse, making sure that the compost does not dry out[200]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Division in spring or autumn[200]. Basal cuttings in late spring. Harvest the young shoots when about10 – 15cm long, pot up in a lightly shaded position in a greenhouse or cold frame and plant them out when well rooted. Very easy.
Easily grown in a well-drained circumneutral or slightly alkaline loamy soil, preferring a sunny position[1, 200]. Does well in a sandy soil[188]. Established plants are very drought tolerant[190]. Plants are longer lived, more hardy and more aromatic when they are grown in a poor dry soil[245]. A very polymorphic species[43]. Slugs love the young shoots of this plant and have been known to destroy even well-established plants[K]. A very ornamental plant, spreading by stolons to form loose patches[187], it can be invasive[190]. There are many named forms selected for their ornamental value[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
Western N. America – Michigan to Washington, south to Texas and Mexico.

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