The Herb of 2014
Artemisia belongs to the Asteraceae Composite; Daisy group
You may know this herb by Wormwood, French Tarragon, Dusty Miller, Sweet Annie and Mugwort. This is only a few of the 300-400 varieties of perennials, shrubs, and plants.
They are easy to plant and to care for. They like well-drained soil, lots of sunshine. They are hardy to zone 5. Once established they are drought tolerant. They can be divided every 2-3 years, usually in early spring or early fall. You can purchase plants or sow seeds. Follow the directions that come with your plant for the best result.
If you are looking for a small plant you may want to try “Silver Brocade” it grows 6 inches tall and will spread about 1 foot. If you are looking for a taller plant, try “Sweet Annie” or “Mugwort” they can grow up to 5’ – 6’ and if you need a plant that will spread quickly try “Silver King”. Their gray and green foliage will enhance any flower garden or herb bed.
The only culinary Artemisia in this large family is Artemisia drancunculus, also known as French Tarragon. It can be used for making vinegars. It is delicious with chicken, fish and many vegetables ‘There are many recipes available in herbal cookbooks. Try it; you may enjoy its anise like flavor.
Most of the Artemisia’s can be dried and are used in crafts, wreaths and flower arrangements. Use your imagination and see what you can create.
With the many varieties available I am sure you will find something to fill that spot in the back of your flower garden, give a new look to your planters or add French Tarragon to your Herb garden.
I hope this entices you to do some research, talk to the people you purchase your herbs from, with the 300 varieties out there I am sure you will find the perfect plant for your flower bed, flower pot and herb garden.