Herb: Sand Sage

Latin name: Artemisia filifolia

Family: Compositae

Medicinal use of Sand Sage:

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

Description of the plant:


120 cm
(4 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Sandy soils in deserts and dry plains.

Other uses of Sand Sage:

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

Propagation of the herb:

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.

Cultivation of Sand Sage:

Sandy soils in deserts and dry plains.

Known hazards of Artemisia filifolia:

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.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.