Artemis, the Greek goddess of chastity, lends her name to this large and diverse family. The genus contains many highly aromatic, drought tolerant shrubs that are prized for their medicinal qualities. For example, Wormwood (A. absinthium), provides the psycho-active principle in absinthe.
Artemisia lactiflora shows a different side of the family. Originating in China, it's a tall, clump former for moisture retentive soils in full sun to partial shade.
It's a perfect vertical accent beside a stream or pond along with other moisture lovers such as Ligularia. It must not be allowed to dry out.
Stiffly-upright stems carry dark green, jagged foliage, topped in August with attractive plumes of small creamy-white flowers.
A pleasure garden for hover flies.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Moist but well-drained
Full sun, partial shade