Also known as Arctic Sage, this member of the Aster family is common in the Rocky Mountains and great plains of North America. Growing to approximately a foot tall, this plant is perfect for erosion control or simply as ground cover. It loves the sunshine and is considered drought tolerant. It is a woody-based perennial with an evergreen color, covered in silvery hairs, giving it an almost frosty appearance. Blooming in the summer months, the pale yellow flowers and fruit are rather discreet.
The arctic sage will spread rapidly in over-grazed lands, making some consider it as a weed. Although it was once valued by the Native Americans as they commonly used it to treat various ailments such as colds, wounds and headaches.
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