Artemisia abrotanum (Southernwood)

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Plant Overview

A shrubby, semi-evergreen Artemisia which forms a bush of upright branches with grey-green, very scented, foliage. May have very insignificant yellow flowers in late summer, but this is grown for the foliage.

Drought tolerant once established, and excellent for hot sunny sites.

Traditionally popular in cottage gardens. Sprigs of the plant were put in a lover’s posie to symbolise fidelity. Can be used in homemade pot-pourri and sachets to deter moths.

Evergreen in mild winters but don't worry if it appears to die back in very cold weather, it will shoot again strongly in late spring.

Height and spread: 90cm x 45cm

Common name(s): Southernwood; Lad's Love; Cola Plant.



Photo Kurt Stüber [1], CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.