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Artemisia ludoviciana 'Valerie Finnis' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very 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

5-10 years


Preferred common name

western mugwort 'Valerie Finnis'

Family

Asteraceae


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

'Valerie Finnis' is an herbaceous perennial to 60cm, forming clumps of lance-shaped, usually coarsely toothed leaves, vividly white when young. Small, yellowish flowerheads are insignificant

Synonym(s)

  • Artemisia douglasiana 'Valerie Finnis'
  • Artemisia latiloba 'Valerie Finnis'
  • Artemisia 'Valerie Finnis'

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
  • Sand, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by division in autumn or spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Mediterranean Climate Plants or Prairie Planting


How to care

Pruning

Cut back to base of plant in autumn

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free