Joy Creek Nursery

101-021   Artemisia michauxiana     ( Michaux's workwood )

Artemisia michauxiana
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One of the common names for Artemisia michauxiana is lemon sagewort which describes the lemony scent of the foliage when it is brushed. This wormwood is native to western North America from British Columbia to California and to the mountains of the interior. In habit it is rhizomatous, spreading but not overly vigorous. In our garden, it has not grown wider than 15 inches in three years. The attractive mid-green foliage is twice-divided, the narrow segments giving the plant a filagreed appearance. Many gardeners dislike the dull yellow flowers of most wormwoods, but the flowers of this species, although not showy, at least are small, creamy and unassuming. In the end, it is the lush foliage with its citrus fragrance that continues to draw us to this dry-land plant. We thank Alex Wright for sharing this collection from the Olympic Mountains with us.

May to August.  8-16 in. x spreading

Cream flowers

Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

20300 NW Watson Road  Scappoose, OR 97056
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