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    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

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    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Artemisia abrotanum



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  • Other common names southernwood
    boy's love

    lad's love
    old man
    maiden's ruin
    maid's love
    maid's passion
    medicinal wormwood
    Sabbath day posy
    sweet Benjamin

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  • Synonyms Artemisia paniculata
    Artemisia procera Willd.

  • Family Asteraceae

  • Genus Artemisia can be shrubs, perennials or annuals, evergreen or deciduous, with usually grey, aromatic, often divided foliage and rather insignificant flower-heads

  • Details A. abrotanum is an erect sub-shrub to 1m, with very finely divided, pleasantly aromatic grey-green leaves, and small, nodding, dull yellow flowerheads in late summer

  • Plant range E, S and SC Europe


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Leaf

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilChalk, Loam, Sand, Clay

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in a well-drained soil in full sun or light shade

Propagation Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Drought Resistant Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Cut back in autumn

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Resistant to disease

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