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Genus Artemisia (Mugwort, Sagebrush, Wormwood)

Artemisia Artemisia 'Powis Castle' Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner
ar-tem-EE-zsah Common Name: Mugwort, Sagebrush, Wormwood
Artemisia are grown for their silvery-green foliage and for their aromatic, culinary, and medicinal properties. They have alternate, sometimes deeply divided, grey or silver leaves. Flowers are not showy. These plants are a good choice for rock gardens and other sunny, dry landscape sites.
Noteworthy characteristics: The silver foliage is an excellent foil to bright colors, pastels, and dark foliage.
Care: Grow in well-drained, fertile soil, in full sun. Most species will die in overly moist soil (exception is A. lactiflora). Most species take hard pruning, which will help keep plants compact.
Propagation: Sow seed in containers in spring or autumn. Root greenwood cuttings of side shoots in summer.
Problems: White rust, downy mildew, powdery mildew, and a variety of leaf and stem fungal diseases are common.

Species, varieties and cultivars for genus Artemisia

Artemisia 'Powis Castle' Artemisia 'Powis Castle'
(Artemisia)
(4 user reviews)
Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

This is a woody plant with dense clumps of silver-gray leaves. It makes a great border accent.

Artemisia absinthium Artemisia absinthium
(Absinth, Wormwood)
(1 user review)
Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

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.

Artemisia ludoviciana Artemisia ludoviciana
(Western mugwort)
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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

This is a high-drama native. Its gracious, high-impact, powdery-white shrubby mounded foliage grows to 4 feet tall.

Artemisia schmidtiana Artemisia schmidtiana
(Silvermound)
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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

This plant produces a 12-inch-high, symmetrical mound of silver-green, silky-hairy leaves. They make this plant a nice counterpoint to very colorful plants.