Absinth

Artemisia absinthium

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Absinth (Artemisia absinthium)
ar-tem-EE-zsah ab-SIN-thee-um
Genus:  Artemisia
Artemisia absinthium is a woody perennial with finely cut, silvery-gray, aromatic foliage. Its small yellow flowers have little ornamental value. Wormwood is useful in beds, borders, and rock gardens, and it makes an excellent foil for bright colors and dark foliage. This plant needs excellent drainage.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Silver-gray, aromatic foliage. Has naturalized in some areas, including New England. All parts of the plant should be considered poisonous.
Care:  Needs excellent drainage and full sun to grow well. Soil may be poor to moderately fertile. Deadhead to control self-seeding. Cut to the base in autumn, or shear in spring.
Propagation:  Sow seed in a cold frame, or divide, in autumn or spring. Root greenwood cuttings or heel cuttings of side-shoots in early summer.
Problems:  White rust, downy and powdery mildews, rusts, and fungal leaf and stem diseases are common.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Invasive/Aggressive Grower,
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Yellow Flower
Foliage Color
Silver/Grey
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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