Dwarf Schmidt Wormwood

Artemisia schmidtiana 'Nana'

Satiny Wormwood, Mugwort, Sagebush, Silver Mound

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This low-growing perennial is cultivated mainly for its fine silver foliage, which is a useful companion for the darker leaves and flowers of other plants at the edge of a border or within a container. Is it very attractive as a tight mound, which can be perpetuated by trimming it each year as the insignificant flowers appear in June. This will prevent the plant from opening out in the middle. The genus is named in honour of Artemis, the Greek goddess of chastity and 'Nana' is the Latin for dwarf. The late English garden writer Christopher Lloyd thought this species was enchanting for the way the foliage traps a sprinkling of raindrops. He is also warned that as the young shoots extend in spring, they are often taken by Sparrows, who have a special fancy for grey foliage during the nesting season.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Not usually harvested.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seed in autumn or spring and lightly cover with grit. Place the sown seed in a cold-frame.

Cuttings

Take stem-tip cuttings in summer or spring around 6cm in length and place in a well-drained compost and cover with plastic film or horticultural fleece. Do not let the cuttings get too wet.

Special features

Drought resistant

The species has a deep root system and silver foliage that help it obtain and conserve scarce water in times of drought.

Special features

Origin

Asia, Japan

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Asteraceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally pest-free, may be attacked by powdery mildews.

Related Problems

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