ARTEMISIA or WORMWOOD

These are mostly herbaceous perennials often with aromatic leaves but undistinguished flowers. Artemisia abrotanum, popularly known as lad’s love, old man or southernwood, grows 2—3 ft. high with small yellow flowers and aromatic foliage in August. A. lactiflora reaches 4—5 ft. in a cool soil, bearing small white flowers in September. It is more decorative than most of the artemisias and is useful for the back of a border. A. stelleriana is a rather invasive rockery plant with yellow flowers and attractive silvery foliage. It grows to 6 in. and is happy on very poor soil, provided drainage is sound. A. absinthium is used for the manufacture of absinthe. Artemisias are easily increased by division in March.

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