Artemisa

Artemisia 'Powis Castle'

Artemisia 'Powis Castle' by L. Krumfolz, UF/IFAS

Silver-leaved plants can help bring visual contrast into your landscape, and artemisia is an excellent example.

This group of cold-hardy perennials works well in the front of flower beds, or as transitional plants between colorful annuals.

Most artemisia varieties have foliage that’s small in scale with a feathery look and a fuzzy texture. The foliage is also highly aromatic.

The biggest challenge with artemisia is that Florida's humid, wet summers sometimes cause the plants to rot. To help prevent problems, make sure to plant artemisia in well-drained soil in full sun or part shade.

Artemisia even has an interesting history. A subspecies of Artemisia dracunculus is the culinary herb known as tarragon. Artemisia tridentata, ("big sagebrush" or "sagebrush") is the state flower of Nevada.

Another species that's commonly known as wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is used to make the fabled drink known as absinthe. But don't try this at home—this plant is poisonous. The absinthe beverage is created with only selective extracts of the plant.

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