Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Danger: Pollen may cause allergic reaction
Bloom Color: Bright Yellow
Bloom Time: Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Grown for foliage Herbaceous Silver/Gray Aromatic
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater This plant is resistant to deer
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball From softwood cuttings From hardwood cuttings By simple layering
Seed Collecting: N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
On Nov 19, 2009, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:
Plant this somewhere you will brush up against it for the fresh clean scent. Cut it for use as a filler in flower arrangements, in addition to adding a nice smell, will also repel bugs. To keep it tidy, prune hard in early spring, taking out the larger woody stems from the middle.
On May 19, 2004, plantfreedom from Saint Paul, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:
I have had this herb growing next to my pond for about three years now. I love its look in the spring and early summer and has a pleasing delicate smell. By mid-summer and thereafter it tends to become leggy and brown starting at the base and working its way up. I'm wondering if this is normal or am I doing something wrong. It is in well drained somewhat sandy soil, gets full sun. Does it need some kind of special nutrient, certain watering needs, etc.? Should it be cut down every so often during the growing season? Thanks for any help.
On Apr 22, 2004, angelam from melbourne Australia wrote:
My grandfather had a hedge of this plant, at least 5ft high. It was dense, soft to brush against and smelt wonderful, especially when he was clipping it. This was in the North of England. It grows equally well in my zone 10 garden, and I wouldn't be without it.
I bought it from an aromatic garden in Norfolk, UK, because of its wonderful lemon-cedar smell. It can be used to flavour fatty meats (duck and pork) and as an alternative ingredient in a pot pourri.
Traditionally the plant was grown in herb gardens to keep witches out. It is a perennial shrub with feathery grey/green leaves that are covered in a down.
Dried leaves can be used in linen bags to prevent insects and an infusion of the leaves can be used as a hair rinse to combat dandruff. How's that for versatility?
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Bay Point, California Tampa, Florida Washington, Illinois Fayette, Iowa Greater Upper Marlboro, Maryland Elizabeth City, North Carolina Silver Lake, Ohio Portland, Oregon East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania Monessen, Pennsylvania Pennsburg, Pennsylvania Galveston, Texas Houston, Texas Palmer, Texas Petersburg, Virginia Lake Goodwin, Washington