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Silver Mound Artemesia

Category:

A low growing, mat forming selection featuring silvery fern-like foliage; excellent performance when used in garden beds, borders, rock gardens or as groundcover; low maintenance and drought tolerant once established

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
12 inches
Average Landscape Width:
18 inches
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Artemisia
Species:
schmidtiana
Cultivar:
Silver Mound
Summer Foliage Color:
silver
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
average
Plant Form:
mounded
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
cut back in fall
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Wormwood, Sage, Mugwort
Branching:
herbaceous
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Silver Mound Artemesia is primarily valued in the garden for its interestingly mounded form. Its attractive deeply cut ferny compound leaves remain silver in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Silver Mound Artemesia is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

Planting & Growing

Silver Mound Artemesia will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for clay, alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Silver Mound Artemesia is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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