HARDY PERENNIALS: ARTEMISIA

A. lactiflora is the only Artemisia grown solely for its flowers, which come as a plume on erect stems 4 feet high in late summer. Unlike most others, leaves are green and given the good and not too dry., soil it prefers, they furnish the whole plant effectively. Plants are best divided in spring. Other Artemisias like dry sunny positions and have effective silvery grey foliage, with flowers of little or no account. Indeed these are best removed from such as the bushy, quick growing A. ‘Lambrook Silver’ and the daintier lacy leaved A. discolor (splendens) and A. nutans. A. absinthium grows erectly to 3 feet, with good foliage, but is less silver than the rather rampant A. palmeri and A. ‘Silver Queen’. These have stems rather than basal leaves, making them useful for floral arrangements, but the plants themselves sometimes need curbing lest they over run other subjects. All Artemisias are best planted and divided when necessary in early spring.

ARTEMISIA lactiflora

ARTEMISIA lactiflora

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