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ARTEMISIA vulgaris (ORIENTAL LIMELIGHT)

Image of Artemisia vulgaris 'Janlim' (ORIENTAL LIMELIGHT) PP12788

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ARTEMISIA vulgaris 'Janlim'(ORIENTAL LIMELIGHT) PP12788

Plant Common Name

Common Wormwood, Mugwort, Oriental Limelight Mugwort

General Description

This variegated form of the weedy common wormwood has pretty enough golden variegated foliage but is profoundly invasive in the garden and beyond. It is next to impossible to get rid of once it takes hold. Plants aggressively spread via underground stems, called rhizomes, which form large matted colonies—even the smallest rhizome left in the ground will result in a new plant.

Common Wormwood is an herbaceous perennial that originates from areas across Europe, Africa, Asia and arguably northwestern North America. It has naturalized as an invasive species across many parts of North America. Its foliage is deeply dissected and fragrant, and plants produce many inconspicuous, tiny wind-pollinated flowers in summer. Oriental Limelight is only slightly less aggressive than wild plants and should only be grown in above-ground planters that will keep its rhizomes contained.

This wormwood will tolerate a wide range of growing conditions from low-light levels to poor soils. If it breaks free and overcomes your garden, the only way to get rid of it is to either manually dig it out—making sure that no roots remain—or to smother it with opaque black, mulch cloth for a growing season.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 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, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    Alaska, Europe, Africa, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gold, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gold, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gold, Ivory

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Yes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes