Herb: Mountain Sagewort

Latin name: Artemisia michauxiana

Synonyms: Artemisia discolor

Family: Compositae

Medicinal use of Mountain Sagewort:

A hot infusion of the plant has been used in the treatment of headaches. A poultice of the chewed plant is applied to sprains and swellings.

Description of the plant:


45 cm
(1 foot)

Habitat of the herb:

Rocky places in mountains, usually at rather high elevations.

Edible parts of Mountain Sagewort:

Seed. No further details are given, but the seed is very small and fiddly to use.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - surface sow from late winter to early summer in a greenhouse, making sure that the compost does not dry out. 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. 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.

Cultivation of Mountain Sagewort:

Rocky places in mountains, usually at rather high elevations.

Known hazards of Artemisia michauxiana:

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.