Artemisia absinthium L.

Wormwood, Mugwort

Family: Compositae

Genus: Artemisia

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 4 to 9

Size: To 30" tall and slightly less wide

Exposure: Sun


Silver green leaves, deeply cut to 5" long, covered with silky white hairs. Needs well-drained soil. Stays compact if pruned before the end of June. Better than some other species in wet winters. Yellow flowers in summer but inconspicuous. Deer and rabbit resistant.


'Lambrook Silver' - greyer foliage


Published in Sp. Pl. 2: 848 in 1753. Native to northern Africa, Europe, India, temperate Asia.

Probably parent of Artemisia x 'Powis Castle'.

'Absinthium' = latin for Wormwood. Used to flavour Absinthe. A symbol of calamity and sorrow in biblical times. (Stearn).


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