Today, Southernwood is most appreciated for its
contribution to the landscape both for its soft sea-green appearance and for
its fragrance, which is a woodsy citrus smell. Flowering is rare and,
when it does occur, it is like those of most Artemisias: disappointing. The
flowers are small yellow buttons that turn a most disagreeable brownish cream. Fortunately, shearing the plants to between
18 inches and two feet produces not only sturdy growth, but eliminates the
odd flower stalk.
Southernwood leaves keep their
fragrance when dried which makes them a good choice for adding to sachets or
Artemisias are truly amazing. They take many
different forms from ground covers to large shrubs and run the gamut of
colored foliage from
silvery shades like those of Powis
Castle Artemisia and Silver Southernwood to soft vibrant greens like those of
African Wormwood and Southernwood.
(pictured on the right) is a very soft
silver that shines in the garden and nicely complements the sea green of
Southernwood. It is also very fragrant, but there is no record of it being
used for medicinal purposes.
This plant is sometimes available in
plug trays. These trays hold 128 of all the same plant. They are a
great low cost way to fill a lot of space. Each cell is 3/4 of inch by an inch. Check here to see
Southernwood or Silver Southernwood Plug Trays