Artemisia are grown for their silvery-green foliage and for their aromatic, culinary, and medicinal properties. They have alternate, sometimes deeply divided, gray or silver leaves. Flowers are not showy. These plants are a good choice for rock gardens and other sunny, dry landscape sites.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsThe silver foliage is an excellent foil to bright colors, pastels, and dark foliage.
CareGrow in well-drained, fertile soil, in full sun. Most species will die in overly moist soil (an exception is A. lactiflora). Most species take hard pruning, which will help keep plants compact.
PropagationSow seed in containers in spring or autumn. Root greenwood cuttings of side shoots in summer.
ProblemsWhite rust, downy mildew, powdery mildew, and a variety of leaf and stem fungal diseases are common.