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Artemisia lactiflora AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Cream in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

white mugwort

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. lactiflora is a robust herbaceous perennial to 1.5m, with jaggedly-cut, dark green leaves and tall plumes of small, creamy-white flower-heads

Other common names

  • pale-flowered wormwood

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Can die back in heavy, poorly-drained soil

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed, division or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Cut back to base of plant in autumn

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be infected by powdery mildews