Artemisia

Powis Castle

 

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Artemisia is genus of perennials and shrubs that are grown for the decorative and aromatic foliage. Many varieties will survive in arid and semi-arid conditions and have feathery foliage, which adds interest and character to the landscape. Most Artemisia are frost hardy and prefer well-drained soil and a sunny location. Artemisia x 'Powis Castle' has feathery silver foliage with a mounding habit of 24 to 36 inches in height. Older plants need to be cut back in early spring to encourage new growth to come up from the bottom. In colder climates this plant can be grown as an indoor plant and then planted out in the spring.

 

Interesting Historical Facts

The genus is named Artemisia from Artemis, the Greek name for Diana.

Many of the Artemisia species are aromatic perennials and are used medicinally.

Lesley Bremness (1988) in The complete book of herbs, mentions that wormwood is included for its internal worm-expelling properties in the ancient Greek text of Dioscorides. Indians from New Mexico use similar varieties to treat bronchitis and colds; and the Chinese use Artemisia for a number of ailments.

 

Wormwood The Wormwoods are members of the great family of Compositae and belong to the genus Artemisia, a group consisting of 180 species, the Common Wormwood, Mugwort, Sea Wormwood and Field Wormwood. In addition, as garden plants, though not native, Tarragon (A. dracunculus) claims a place in every herb-garden, and Southernwood (A. abrotanum), an old-fashioned favourite, is found in many borders.

The whole family is remarkable for the extreme bitterness of all parts of the plant: 'as bitter as Wormwood' is a very Ancient proverb. Rabbits will not eat wormwood, they will not eat Artemisia!

 

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