Artemisia – Wormwood, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Artemisia-Wormwood,
Mountain Fringe, Old Man, Old Woman, Southern Wood

This
group of plants, as a whole, are not generally valued
for their flowers. but all have very ornamental foliage.
The plants are almost as hardy as Oaks, yet are very
attractive when in bloom from August until frost-time.
The flowers are borne on long. graceful stems, divided
like a plume, and are either light creamy or yellowish-white
in color. The foliage is very finely cut and Varies
from light gray to dark green.

SPECIES.
Hawthorn-scented Mugwort. A. lactiflora is one
varietys which grows 5 feet high. Its fragrant flowers
are produced in late Summer and combines well with the
Golden Glow, Buddleia, Hardy Asters, Boltonia, Helianthus
and many other of the taller Fall blooming perennials.
It shows a tendency to disappear like the Auratum Lily
does. Southernwood, Old Man (A. Abrotanum) is
one of the old-fashioned border plants. It has yellowish-white
flowers and is usually grown for its handsome dark green,
pleasant scented leaves. Old Woman (A. Stelleriana)
is of creeping habit with silvery white foliage
and is one of the showiest of this type of border plants.
It grows rapidly and soon covers a large space. A.
Purshiana
grows about 1 1/2 feet high and has white
foliage. The Summer Fir or Annual Pine (A. saccrorum)
is an annual introduced from China which because
of its fine foliage and rapid growth has become popular
for foliage masses.

UTILIZE.
Old Woman is much used for carpeting beds or borders.
It is good also for the rock garden. The taller plants
are used to fill in the shrubbery or as backgrounds
or hedges for the lower growing flowers. The foliage
and flowers are sweetly scented and adapt themselves
well to pot culture and as such are as decorative as
many of the Acacias which are prized so much. The blooms
also make attractive cut flowers and last well.

GENERAL.
Artemisias like soil which is moist, and it must be
rather rich in order to produce good blooms. Free watering
and soapsuds have been found to agree with them

PROPAGATION.They
may be grown from seeds, but are usually propagated
by division or by cuttings.

 


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