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Artemisia arborescens x absinthium Powis Castle Artemisia

 

Powis Castle Artemisia in the Garden

Like other Artemisias, Powis Castle Artemisia is highly fragrant and very drought tolerant, however it is different from both its parents, Wormwood and Tree Wormwood, because it is a very light bloomer. For the landscape this is a definite advantage, because when Artemisias bloom the flowers are not only underwhelming but they also tend to get tall and cause the plant to fall apart. The best way to prune Powis Castle is for looks. In autumn or spring prune for shape. It is not necessary to prune for the health of the plant. If left unpruned, this Powis Castle Artemisia may grow to 10 feet or more in diameter, but the appearance will be wild and untamed like the photo below

Naturalized Powis Castle Artemisia

Above is a stand of 12 year old Powis Castle naturalized in the field. It receives very little water and no pruning. It measures at least 20 feet in length. This neglected stand blooms less than plants that are consistently watered. Artemisias are great in the summer when their soft greens and grays provide a cooling relief on scorching hot days.

Powis Castle Artemisia after the snow

The huge Powis Castle above was damaged in a snow storm. Flattened by the weight of the snow, most of the two-to three-foot arms were disrupted from their normal well kept look and forced to splay out in all directions. As you can see below, It looked much better after it was cut back and given fresh mulch. Not only is Powis Castle beautiful to look at and easy to care for, it has a wonderful fresh scent.

Artemisia Powis Castle under a Twilight Butterfly Bush

Close up of Powis Castle leaf.

These soft ferny leaves make an aromatic bouquet ideally suited for crafting fresh herbal wreaths or drying for potpourri. The elongated stems are  particularly suited for filling the bases of wreath forms.

Like all Artemisias, Powis Castle can adapt to most soils and sun levels. It can be grown in a large pot and over wintered in zones 2 through 5.

Powis Castle Artemisia is one of six plants chosen for our Crafter's Herb Garden Six Pack and for our Zone 8 Fragrant Herb Garden Six Pack.

Cultural Information

Height: 2-3 Feet

Hardiness: Perennial
in Zones 6-11

Flower Color: Yellow

Characteristics: Full Sun,
Evergray, 
Water Conserving

Uses: Fragrant Ornamental
Useful in Crafts, fresh or dried

 

Organic Powis Castle Artemisia Plant

$4.95 per 3 inch pot

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