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

Description: 

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.

Cultivars: 

'Lambrook Silver' - greyer foliage

History: 

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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