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Artemisia abrotanum (Southernwood)

Southernwood, Boy's Love, Lad's Love, Old Man, Maiden's Ruin, Maid's Love, Maid's Passion, Medicinal Wormwood, Sabbath Day Posy, Slovenwood, Sweet Benjamin, Artemisia paniculata, Artemisia procera Willd


Artemisia abrotanum (Southernwood) is a perennial sub-shrub typically grown for its magnificent and strongly aromatic, ferny, light green foliage. It forms an upright, bushy mound, which releases a pleasant citrus to camphor fragrance whenever brushed or touched. Semi-evergreen in mild winter areas, this shrub is perfect for hot and dry sites.

  • Typically grows in a bushy clump, 2-4 ft. tall (60-120 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm). Blooming in loose panicles from late summer to fall, its small, nodding, yellow-white flowers are inconspicuous.
  • Thrives in full sun or light shade, in organically rich, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Excellent soil drainage is essential. This plant loves dry heat, but usually dislikes hot and humid weather conditions.
  • This aromatic herb deserves a spot in herb gardens, beds and borders, along walks or paths, as a low hedge or in herb containers along with sage, rosemary, basil or lavender. Since the leaves of Southernwood retain their fragrance after drying, they may be used in sachets, as air fresheners or for discouraging clothing moths.
  • Generally pest and disease free.
  • Drought tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant!
  • Cut back in the fall. Dividing the clumps every 3-4 years will help keep this plant robust.
  • Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer.
  • Southernwood is native to southern Europe, most likely in countries along the Mediterranean from Spain to Italy.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 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 Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Artemisia
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Pathways, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 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 Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Artemisia
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Pathways, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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