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Silver Brocade Artemesia

Artemisia stelleriana 'Silver Brocade'

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Silver Brocade Artemesia (Artemisia stelleriana 'Silver Brocade') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Artemisia stelleriana 'Silver Brocade' foliage

Artemisia stelleriana 'Silver Brocade' foliage

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Height:  12 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Wormwood, Sage, Mugwort

Ornamental Features

Silver Brocade Artemesia's attractive deeply cut ferny compound leaves emerge silver in spring, turning silvery blue in color throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Silver Brocade Artemesia is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Silver Brocade Artemesia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Silver Brocade Artemesia will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

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.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Groundcover 
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Ornamental Features