• AGM plants

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

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Artemisia frigida

Arctic sage

AGM plants

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

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
Arctic sage

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  • Other common names Arctic sage
    mountain sage

    pasture sagebrush
    silky wormwood
    wild sage

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  • 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. frigida is a tufted perennial to 30cm, woody at the base, with semi-evergreen, silky, light grey leaves divided into thread-like lobes and small yellow flower-heads in panicles

Characteristics

  • Foliage Semi-evergreen

  • 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)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in full sun and any well-drained soil, even nutrient poor or dry soils. May be short lived or die back in heavy, poorly drained soils

Propagation Propagate by seed. Insert softwood or greenwood stem-tip cuttings in spring in a free-draining compost under plastic film. Take semi-ripe stem-tip cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Garden Edging Coastal City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Gravel Garden Rock Garden Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Cut to the base in autumn

Pests Aphids, gall and leaf miners may be a problem

Diseases May be affected by powdery mildew

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