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Care of the plant Artemisia pedemontana or Silky Wormwood.

Care of the shrub Artemisia pedemontana or Silky Wormwood

The genus Artemisia, family Asteraceae, comprises 500 species of shrubs and herbaceous plants native to almost all continents. Some species are: Artemisia pedemontana, Artemisia californica, Artemisia arborescens, Artemisia afra, Artemisia absinthium, Artemisia cana, Artemisia rigida.

Common names: Silky Wormwood, Dwarf Wormwood. This species is native to southern Europe.

They are small evergreen shrubs with a cushioned shape that reach 10 cm (3.9") in height. The abundant, small leaves make up attractive blue-gray foliage with silver accents. They produce yellowish flowers that have no decorative interest. They bloom from mid-spring to early summer.

They are used to cover slopes, in rockeries and alpine gardens or in pots and planters. They are especially suitable for limestone terrain.

Artemisia pedemontana needs full sun exposure; frost tolerant.

They can be grown in poor, limestone and stony soils; the only indispensable condition is perfect drainage.

They are low maintenance and drought resistant plants; water moderately in summer (every 15-20 days if it has not rained). The rest of the year they can keep up with the rains.

They are not usually pruned but can be trimmed slightly in late winter to give them a more compact look.

Fertilization is not necessary.

These plants are not usually affected by pests and diseases if there is no excess watering.

They propagate by seed sown in early spring.

Images of the shrub Artemisia pedemontana or Silky Wormwood

Artemisia pedemontana
Artemisia pedemontana