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Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver Queen'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Grey/Silver and White in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

western mugwort 'Silver Queen'

Family

Asteraceae


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

'Silver Queen' is an herbaceous perennial to 90cm, with entire or coarsely toothed, greyish-white leaves and, occasionally, erect plumes of small, insignificant yellowish flowers

Synonym(s)

  • Artemisia purshiana 'Silver Queen'
  • Artemisia 'Silver Queen'

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

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

Propagation

Propagate by division or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs 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