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Artemisia absinthium 'Lambrook Silver'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

wormwood 'Lambrook Silver'

Family

Asteraceae


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

'Lambrook Silver' is a slender, woody-based, semi-evergreen perennial to 75cm, with finely divided, aromatic, silvery foliage and narrow upright sprays of small yellow flowerheads

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained fertile soil in full sun

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame in autumn or spring. Root stem tips or heeled sideshoots as greenwood cuttings in early summer.

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Coastal, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Gravel Garden


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 6 after the danger of severe frost has past

Pests

Prone to aphids and a gall midge

Diseases

Generally trouble free