African Wormwood foliage
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Height: 3 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5b
Other Names: African Artemisia, Sage, African Mugwort
Beautiful lacy gray-green foliage is valued for its texture and wonderful scent; this variety attracts wildlife and is resistant to deer; does best in poor, dry soils, an ideal groundcover for adverse conditions where little else will grow
African Wormwood's attractive small fragrant ferny leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
African Wormwood is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
African Wormwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
Planting & Growing
African Wormwood will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for clay, alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.