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Silver King Artemesia

Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver King'

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Silver King Artemesia (Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver King') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Silver King Artemesia foliage

Silver King Artemesia foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Silver King Artemesia (Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver King') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Silver King Artemesia

Silver King Artemesia

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  32 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Wormwood, Sage, Mugwort

Ornamental Features

Silver King Artemesia's attractive serrated narrow leaves emerge silver in spring, turning gray in color throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Silver King Artemesia is a dense herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care 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. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Invasive

Silver King Artemesia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Silver King Artemesia will grow to be about 32 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. 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 should only be grown in full sunlight. 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 selection of a native North American species. 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Applications
Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features

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