Plant of the Month, December, 2012
With its insignificant flowers, you’d never guess that Artemisia is a member of the Aster family. While flowers are not its strong point, beautiful, aromatic leaves make many of the 300 species of Artemisia favorites in the herb and flower gardens of Bath Garden Club members. Most Artemisia are native to North America, and all have grey or silver leaves. Some, most notably Tarragon, are grown as herbs and have extensive culinary uses.
For many years the only commonly available garden Artemisia was “Silver Mound” (A. Schmidtiana). Used extensively as an edging plant, this low mound of fine, silvery-green, feathered foliage grows only 12 inches tall. Like a well-clipped poodle, Silver Mound begs to be petted. Unfortunately, it also has the habit of either