How to Grow Artemisia absinthium Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Absinthe Wormwood

Artemisia absinthium photograph by Matt Lavin.

Artemisia absinthium Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Artemisia absinthium
  • Common Name: Wormwood, Grand wormwood, Absinthe, Absinthium, Absinthe wormwood.
  • Growing Zone: USA: 4 to 9
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Herbaceous, Perennial

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 36 to 48
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 18 to 24
  • Time of Bloom: Late summer
  • Flower Details: Yellow
  • Leaf Foliage: Silver
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Upright / erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Average pace
  • Suitable Soil Types: cidic, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Dry

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Medium
  • Propagation: Seedin containers in a cold frame in autumn or spring. Root stem tips or heeled sideshoots asgreenwoodcuttings in early summer.
  • How to Prune: Prune every spring to enhance flowering and tidy up plants.
  • Pests: Prone toaphidsand a gall midge
  • Diseases: Generally trouble free

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of: Rabbit, Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil
  • Best Garden Use: Border, Ground cover, Seashore
  • Family: Asteraceae (Compositae).
  • Closely Related Species: Achillea, Aster, Callistephus, Cosmea, Helianthus, Leontopodium, Liatris, Sanvitalia, Stokesia, Townsendia, and Zinnia.
  • Miscellaneous: Attractive foliage, Non-native to North America, Naturalizing, Suitable for dried flowers. Used to flavour the Absinth drink.
  • Genus Detail: Artemisia
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Artemisia Absinthium. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ growing guides: How to grow Ursinia and Gerbera plants.

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