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Powis Castle Artemisia Artemisia 'Powis Castle'

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Description

A hybrid between Artemisia arborescens and Artemisia absinthium.

Family name Asteraceae (Compositae) Bushy perennial, silvery herb or subshrub to 3' tall by 4' diameter. 

Quick ID Hints:

  • Bushy mound of silvery, dissected foliage.
  • Leaves silvery-tomentose, finely dissected
  • Flowers yellow in minute, drooping heads

Hybrid selected by Mr. A.J. Hancock where it lines walls and terraces of Powis Castle in Wales. Blooms in late summer, but flowers inconspicuous. Wormwoods are reported to be medicinal, the leaves and flowers providing a strong stimulant in drinks, but known to produce toxic effects in humans who drank it. Silvery foliage and dissected, pinnatifid leaves provide identification problems with group of plants known as dusty millers.

Prefers full sun and dry, well-drained soils. Tolerant of high pH, sandy-gravelly loam or clay loam soils. No serious pest/disease problems.

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#fragrant#drought tolerant#fall flowers#silver foliage#fragrant leaves#fall interest#rabbit resistant#dried flowers#dry soil tolerant#deer resistant#rock gardens#borders#retaining walls#stepping stones#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#drought tolerant#fall flowers#silver foliage#fragrant leaves#fall interest#rabbit resistant#dried flowers#dry soil tolerant#deer resistant#rock gardens#borders#retaining walls#stepping stones#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Artemisia
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Insignificant
    Flower Description:
    Insignificant yellow flowers are good in dried arrangements. In cymose drooping heads; heads 1/8" diam., inconspicuous in leafy bracts. Yellow, minute, inconspicuous.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Pinnatifid
    Pinnatisect
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Silvery gray fragrant pinnately divided leaves. Alternate, silvery-tomentose, 2-5" long, pinnatifid with 2-4 pinnately divided leaflets ending in slender linear segments.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Rock Wall
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Foot Traffic
    Rabbits