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Artemisia stelleriana 'Silver Brocade'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Artemisia (ar-te-MIZ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: stelleriana (stell-er-ee-AH-na) (Info)
Cultivar: Silver Brocade

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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8 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jantee On Sep 22, 2009, jantee from Applegate, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

2nd yr for mine. tag w/plant states:"Silver Cascade", artemisia stelleriana. Mine has spread about 24" wide and 3-4" tall. It was in 3"pot when bought. Pretty accent against color. Mine looks more like "victorgardener" photo.

Positive caroling On Jun 6, 2009, caroling from Albany, OR wrote:

According to, this plant is patented, but it is the only website that I could find any patent info on. All of the nursery websites that I visited that sell this plant don't seem to mention that it's patented. also states that it's proper name is 'Boughton Silver'.

A lovely accent in the garden, works well under taller plants. A great place for wild baby cottontail rabbits to hide under and nibble on! Does reseed lightly in my garden.

Neutral enyeholt On Apr 2, 2009, enyeholt from Village of Port Clements
Canada wrote:

On the Queen Charlotte Islands ( NW BC) Canada -rainforest- this plant grows, but I just learned that it hates 'wet feet' so now I know how to make it do better. I have considered it a so-so addition 'cuz it doesn't bush out very much. Now I know, so thank you all.

Positive zak1962 On Mar 23, 2009, zak1962 from Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

I purchased two (2) of these plants last year. Both grew to fill in areas approximately 2' by 2'. Every once in a while a piece would start aiming for the sky. I'd cut it back and it would continue back to it's spreading habit. I rooted a good dozen cuttings in another bed to good effect.

This plant was marketed as a perennial here in zone 6a and I'm happy to report that the parent plants, as well as every one of their rooted offspring, are coming back up in my garden as we speak. Check out the pic I posted to the right and see what a beautiful accent this plant can make in a sea of color!

Positive Cordeledawg On Apr 2, 2008, Cordeledawg from Cordele, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I'm using these plants to break up various colors within my perennial butterfly garden. Should make a different with the color flow and easy on the eyes. This plant is a host for the Painted Ladies and American Ladies butterflies.

Positive vossner On Jan 14, 2008, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I treat mine as annuals, cheap enough to replace each season. I love mixing it w/ diff. plants each time, the unexpected combos always delight me. But beware, pair it w/ plants that have low water requirements or the excess water will kill your DM.

Positive dakotaroser On May 17, 2006, dakotaroser from Kingston, NH wrote:

I grew this beautiful variety "SILVER BROCADE" after doing alittle searching
on line last year. Unusually variety, it just blends in with
so many plants and yes it spreads out but it was easy for
me to control. It came back this year in a nice clump, I've
since moved it and it still looks great, one of many great
varieties of artemisia.

Positive Gindee77 On May 19, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I always thought Dusty Miller was an annual here in zone 5 but it's come back 2 years now; I think it's because we winter protect our roses and it gets protected just because it's in with them. I love this plant as a backdrop for my roses. It's a lovely color and when it blooms it attracts butterflies and bees.

Positive Judy81350 On May 12, 2005, Judy81350 from Queen Creek, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

I grew this plant around my antique plow and it complimented it very nicely. It was very thirsty in the summer but did very well. Started to get leggy towards the end. I would grow it again.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 29, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Beach wormwood. also known as old woman or dusty miller, is one of the best rockgarden artemisias and a standby of Southern gardeners near the coast. 'Silver Brocade' is a choice cultivar with soft, felt-like leaves. Its size, 3 to 4 feet wide and under 1 foot tall, makes it a wonderful ground cover or edging plant for dry areas. The blooms are not valuable, but they do not detract from the plant. Deer will occasionally browse on this species, perhaps because it does not have the strong, herby odor that other artemisias do.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)
Phoenix, Arizona
Prescott Valley, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Durango, Colorado
Jacksonville, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Valdosta, Georgia
Divernon, Illinois
Hampton, Illinois
Springfield, Illinois
Lawrence, Kansas
Prospect, Kentucky
Beverly, Massachusetts
Dracut, Massachusetts
Pepperell, Massachusetts
Ludington, Michigan
Rosemount, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Kingston, New Hampshire
Deposit, New York
Union Springs, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Hayesville, North Carolina
Albany, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Richmond, Texas
Spicewood, Texas
Renton, Washington
Spokane, Washington

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