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ARTEMISIA absinthium 'Variegata'

Image of Artemisia absinthium 'Variegata'

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ARTEMISIA absinthium 'Variegata'

Plant Common Name

Absinthe, Variegated Absinthe

General Description

Variegated absinth, or wormwood, is a clump forming, semi-woody, perennial that is native to Europe and Asia. It has a large, shrubby habit and fine, aromatic, silver gray and white foliage. In early summer it bears panicles of insignificant gray-yellow flowers.

This plant is best grown in full sun and average to poor soil with perfect drainage. It is commonly used as an ingredient in the liquor absinthe and has other medicinal purposes, so it is useful in the herb garden. The variegated form is also useful in perennial borders and is a lovely companion to dark red, purple or blue-flowered ornamentals, such as peonies or delphiniums.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    30"-36" / 76.2cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    20"-24" / 50.8cm - 61.0cm

  • Native To

    Europe, Central Asia, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Silver, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Silver, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Silver, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No