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Artemisia abrotanum

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbs - Culinary or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

southernwood

Family

Asteraceae


Artemisia can be shrubs, perennials or annuals, evergreen or deciduous, with usually grey, aromatic, often divided foliage and rather insignificant flower-heads

A. abrotanum is an erect sub-shrub to 1m, with very finely divided, pleasantly aromatic grey-green leaves, and small, nodding, dull yellow flowerheads in late summer

Other common names

  • boy's love
  • lad's love
  • maiden's ruin
  • maid's love
  • maid's passion
  • medicinal wormwood
  • old man
  • Sabbath day posy
  • slovenwood
  • sweet Benjamin
  • tall wormwood

Synonym(s)

  • Artemisia paniculata
  • Artemisia procera Willd.

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in a well-drained soil in full sun or light shade

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Loam, Sand or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Cut back in autumn

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Resistant to disease