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Artemisia alba 'Canescens' (Mugwort 'Canescens')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.5m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Artemisia alba 'Canescens'

Other names

Mugwort 'Canescens', Artemisia splendens, Artemisia canescens hort.

Genus

Artemisia Artemisia

Variety or Cultivar

'Canescens' _ 'Canescens' is a semi-evergreen, sub-shrub of bushy habit. It has dissected, silvery-grey leaves. In summer it bears small yellow flowers.


Artemisia alba 'Canescens' is: Semi evergreen

Fragrance

The foliage has aromatic leaves

Habit

Bushy, Compact, Dense

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Insignificant or absent, Pale-yellow in Summer

Foliage

Silvery-grey in Spring; Silvery-grey in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Cut back to base in autumn except in cold areas - cut in spring. Pinch out the shoot tips of young plants to encourage bushy growth. Does not renovate well and should be replaced if not thriving.

Propagation methods

Division, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Artemisia alba 'Canescens' (Mugwort 'Canescens') will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Foliage only

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun. Can die back in heavy, poorly-drained soil.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Artemisia alba 'Canescens'

Other names

Mugwort 'Canescens', Artemisia splendens, Artemisia canescens hort.

Genus

Artemisia Artemisia

Variety or Cultivar

'Canescens' _ 'Canescens' is a semi-evergreen, sub-shrub of bushy habit. It has dissected, silvery-grey leaves. In summer it bears small yellow flowers.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Fragrance

The foliage has aromatic leaves

Habit

Bushy, Compact, Dense

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent, Pale-yellow in Summer

Foliage

Silvery-grey in Spring; Silvery-grey in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Cut back to base in autumn except in cold areas - cut in spring. Pinch out the shoot tips of young plants to encourage bushy growth. Does not renovate well and should be replaced if not thriving.

Propagation methods

Division, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Artemisia alba 'Canescens' (Mugwort 'Canescens') will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Foliage only

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun. Can die back in heavy, poorly-drained soil.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Artemisia alba 'Canescens' (Mugwort 'Canescens')

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Phytophthora tentaculata Kröber & Marwitz - All Hosts

Type

Oomycete

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous pathogen present in parts of Europe and beyond.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Artemisia alba 'Canescens' (Mugwort 'Canescens')

Common pest name

Corn borer; Corn moth; European corn borer; European maize borer; European stalk borer; Maize pyralid

Scientific pest name

Ostrinia nubilalis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous boring pest present in the UK since the 1930’s. A maize-affecting race was detected for the first time in 2010. Industry may wish to monitor for its presence and mitigate against impacts.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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