Artemisia absinthium

Full Sun
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Plant Overview

A woody perennial with finely cut, silvery-grey, aromatic foliage. Its small yellow flowers have little ornamental value and is grown primarily for it's foliage.

Wormwood is useful in beds, borders, and rock gardens, and it makes an excellent foil for bright colors and dark foliage. This plant prefers good drainage and lots of sun.

A native herb with many reputed uses, including repelling moths, counteracting poisons, and as a flavouring for vermouth. Once one of a number of cures or, possibly, prophylactics for worms, Artemisia absinthium is best known today as the sometime active ingredient of the drink Absinthe, though its precise effects remain the subject of debate.

Height and Spread: 60cm x 60cm

Common name(s): Wormwood; Old Woman; Old Man; Green Ginger; Lad's Love; St John's girdle.


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%.