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Artemisia frigida AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Alpine/Rockery

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

Arctic sage

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. frigida is a tufted perennial to 30cm, woody at the base, with semi-evergreen, silky, light grey leaves divided into thread-like lobes and small yellow flower-heads in panicles

Other common names

  • mountain sage
  • pasture sagebrush
  • silky wormwood
  • wild sage

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in full sun and any well-drained soil, even nutrient poor or dry soils. May be short lived or die back in heavy, poorly drained soils

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed. Insert softwood or greenwood stem-tip cuttings in spring in a free-draining compost under plastic film. Take semi-ripe stem-tip cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Coastal, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Rock Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Garden Edging


How to care

Pruning

Cut to the base in autumn

Pests

Aphids, gall and leaf miners may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by powdery mildew