How to Grow Field Sagewort

Overview

Field sagewort or Artemisia campestris is a biennial herb that grows about 1 to 4 feet tall. The variety doesn't have the sagebush odor that is typical and common to the species. It tends to grow in open spaces and thrives in sandy soil. Thus, it tolerates drought and full sun. Field sagewort blooms in mid-summer to early fall and attracts butterflies, bees and birds.

Step 1

Sow field sagewort in seed trays or pots during cold weather. They can be planted outside in the late fall or spring. Use this method especially if you have clay soil that takes a while to warm up.

Step 2

Prepare to plant field sagewort seeds in the spring when the soil has warmed up to at least 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3

Prepare the planting bed by digging into the soil to the depth of a spade. Rake it to make it firm.

Step 4

Sprinkle the seeds in a thin layer on top of the prepared soil. Use a rake to sift them into the soil.

Step 5

Water the soil gently with a fine spray. Make sure to thoroughly wet the area.

Step 6

Plant field sagewort using a drill method if you prefer. Use the corner of a hoe or a trowel tip to make the drill holes. Make sure they are 3 to 6 inches apart.

Step 7

Place the seeds thinly along each drill. Cover them with soil, and press down to make the soil firm. Water thoroughly but gently.

Tips and Warnings

  • Pollen from field sagewort may cause an allergic reaction.

Things You'll Need

  • seed trays or pots
  • soil
  • shovel
  • rake
  • water
  • hoe or trowel

References

  • Forestry Images
  • Dave's Garden
Keywords: field sagewort, Artemisia campestris, herbs

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