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Artemisia abrotanum (Tall wormwood)

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skill rating
Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
Max height
Ultimate spread
Max spread
Time to maturity
5-10 years
To maturity

Botanical name: Artemisia abrotanum

Other names: Southernwood, Sweet Benjamin, Medicinal wormwood, Sabbath day posy, Slovenwood, Maiden's ruin, Maid's love, Maid's passion, Boy's love, Lad's love, Old man, Tall wormwood

Genus: Artemisia

Species: A. abrotanum - A. abrotanum is an erect, doeciduous to semi-evergreen sub-shrub with fragrant, finely divided, grey-green leaves and nodding panicles of yellow-grey flowers in late summer.

Artemisia abrotanum is: Deciduous

Flower: Grey, Pale-yellow in Summer

Foliage: Green, Grey-green in Summer

Fragrance: The foliage has aromatic leaves

Habit: Bushy, Clump-forming, Compact, Erect

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Watch out for

Specific pests: Aphids

General care

Pruning: These plants tend to get straggly with growth and regular pruning encourages bushy growth. Cut back in autumn. (but in cold areas do not cut until spring.) Also pinch out the shoot tips of young plants to encourage bushy growth. To renovate, cut all stem. REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to

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Artemisia abrotanum (Tall wormwood) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses: Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Drying, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Foliage only

Cultivation: Plant in well-drained soil in full sun or part shade.

Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)

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