yellow, but inconspicuous
6 to 15 in.
18 to 24 in.
central and western United States
USDA zones 3-8
hardy to 10,000 ft.
Fringed sage is a common native plant found from the plains to montane regions of Colorado. The leaves are strongly aromatic.
It grows as a short, mounding perennial with erect stems and silvery-grey, feathery leaves. Covering the plant is an abundance of silvery hairs giving it a silky grey-green appearance. Flower clusters are very small, measuring a quarter inch in diameter and made up of numerous tiny disk flowers. Prairie sagewort blooms from July to August.
This is a great plant for a naturalistic landscape, and for contrasting foliage color among other small plants. It mixes well with wildflowers, too.
At the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, fringed sage is used as a "filler plant" in the Dwarf Conifer Rock Garden. It grows in between wildflowers and native grasses. Individual plants grow well for a few seasons, then die out. New seedlings appear regularly.
Fringed sage has also grown well in the no water zone on a south-facing slope.
Remove dead stems as needed.