• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Artemisia abrotanum



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  • Other common names Southernwood
    Boy's love

    Lad's love
    Old man
    Maiden's ruin
    Maid's love
    Maid's passion
    Medicinal wormwood
    Sabbath day posy
    Sweet Benjamin

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  • Synonyms Artemisia paniculata
    Artemisia procera Willd.

  • Genus Artemisia can be shrubs, perennials or annuals, evergreen or deciduous, with usually grey, aromatic, often divided foliage and rather insignificant flower-heads

  • Family Asteraceae / Asteraceae

  • Species A. abrotanum is an erect sub-shrub to 1m, with very finely divided, pleasantly aromatic grey-green leaves, and small, nodding, dull yellow flowerheads in late summer

  • Plant range E, S and SC Europe


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Leaf



  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilChalk, Loam, Sand, Clay

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in a well-drained soil in full sun or light shade

Propagation Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Drought Resistant Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Cut back in autumn

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Resistant to disease

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