Mugwort, western – Artemisia ludoviciana
Artemisia ludoviciana is a species of sagebrush known by several common names, including silver wormwood, Louisiana wormwood, white sagebrush, and grey sagewort.
Showy for its silver-grey foliage more than for its large panicles of tiny flowers, the plant has aromatic, lance-like leaves sometimes lobed or with ragged edges. A well-grown plant makes a sizeable, feathery accent with good cutting qualities for drying as indoor decoration. Any light, well-drained, somewhat dry soil in sun or light shading is acceptable.
Used by the Native Americans and much valued by local herbalists in the form of tea, spice, poultice, or snuff. The plant is astringent, deodorant, and very friendly to the touch, used in treating eczema, spider bite, stomach ache, and menstrual woes.
Leaves and flower heads are used for tea and flavouring, especially in sauces, game, and pork.