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PlantFiles: Roman Wormwood
Artemisia pontica

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Artemisia (ar-te-MIZ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: pontica (PON-ti-kuh) (Info)

13 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Ted_B On Oct 16, 2014, Ted_B from Birmingham, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Silvery, feathery foliage makes for an attractive, low maintenance ground cover. Spreads nicely without intervention.

Foliage gives a pleasant, aromatic scent when rubbed. Plant traditionally known as "petite absinthe" in France, and historically used to aromatize wine (e.g. vermouth) and to contribute both color and flavor to absinthe.

Easy to propagate from cuttings or division.

Drought tolerant, does well in poor, well-drained soils, doesn't seem to respond much to fertilizer.

Plant grows more upright and yields small yellow flowers in the cooler Alpine regions, but not so much in hot, southern U.S. climates.

Positive poppysue On Jan 22, 2003, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Be warned... this plant spreads like wild fire! When used in the right areas it's a beautiful, silvery groundcover. I have it in poor, dry soil around my herb bed and it does quite well there. It still creeps under the edging and trys to invade the bed but pulling up the runners every spring has kept it in check.


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

Birmingham, Alabama
Yosemite Lakes, California
Dunkirk, New York
Monessen, Pennsylvania
Red Oak, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia

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