Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ is a very touchable looking plant, with silvery-grey deep-cut leaves with bitter taste and a mild camphor-spice fragrance. It is derived from Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood), one of the renowned "bitter herbs" mentioned in the Bible and Shakespeare's works Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet, used over the years to flavor Absinthe and other notorious liqueurs, wines and vermouth.
We like it because it is a dwarf variety of wormwood, and as you already know, we like to keep them in containers and bonsai pots. This plant was re-potted and cut back to 20 centimeters in spring ( it is not recommended to cut it back in the fall).
Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ has an upright shrubby growing habit and its slender stems with downy whitish hairs become woody when aging. Last year it had a display of tiny yellow florets rising from its lace silvery foliage till late autumn, whose beauty is still unseen this summer, perhaps due the capricious and cold weather, although it is a very suitable plant to be grown in Vancouver's mild climate (it is drought tolerant in sunny summer days and may be overwintered outside (USDA zone 6-9).
It really looks great in herb containers, and makes a beautiful Bonsai too. We 've chosen this pot with greyish waves to match its foliage. How do you like it?
Artemisia is a genus of plants from Asteraceae family, with many usages all over the world in herbal medicine, essential oils, liqueurs and food industries.
|Artemisia wormwood and Pelargonium southernwood foliage|
Most popular are: Artemisia Dracunculus aka "Tarragon", Artemisia tridentata aka "Sagebrush", Artemisia vulgaris aka "Mugwort", Artemisia Abrotanum aka "Southernwood" (scent/foliage similar with Pelargonium Abrotanifolium) , and, of course, Artemisia Absinthium aka Wormwood .
Their leaves make always an impressive array of textures, colors and shapes and their fragrances and flavors have been appreciated in any scented garden since ancient times.