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ARTEMISIA stelleriana

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Jesse Saylor

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ARTEMISIA stelleriana

Plant Common Name

Star Wormwood

General Description

Despite its close resemblance to the tender perennial Senecio cineraria (better known as dusty miller), this herbaceous perennial from the coasts of Northeast Asia is rock hardy. It is also highly adaptable, having naturalized in both Northern Europe and the Northeast United States. It creeps and sprawls to form carpets of lobed leaves that are densely covered with silver-white fuzz. The leaves are concentrated toward the tips of the stems. Clusters of dull yellow nondescript flowers appear in late spring and early summer, and are best removed for ornamental purposes. Plants lack the pungent fragrance of most artemisias. Compact selections such as 'Boughton Silver' ('Silver Brocade') are available.

This hardy, sun-loving perennial thrives in well-drained soil and tolerates salt spray and alkalinity, making it ideal for gardens in cold coastal or mountainous regions. It dislikes wet winters and hot humid summers. Contrasting dramatically with darker-leaved plants, its ghostly foliage is lovely spilling over rocks or walls. It provides a splendid foil for flowering perennials, making their colors appear more intense.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6"-24" / 15.2cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    18"-36" / 45.7cm - 91.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Gray Green, Silver

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes