Who is this?

sammy zone 7 TulsaMarch 19, 2012

Could someone tell me who this is, and what to do with it now? The first picture is of a small one. The second picture is what has happened to the large ones.

I don't know if I should cut them back or take them out and cut the roots.



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Could it be artemisia? Is there is smell to the foliage?


Here is a link that might be useful: Artemisia

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 11:32AM
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sammy zone 7 Tulsa

Yes, that is exactly what it is. The plant has a refreshing scent. Can you tell me how to care for it?


    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 12:02PM
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Want the best performance out of artemesia? Deprive it of water, fertilizer and generally any attention at all. Want more? Take a cutting and stick it in dirt where nothing else would root. It will.

It does not like humidity.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 2:46PM
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Seedmama is correct. I kill them. A friend of mine who pays zero, zip, zilch attention, had them for three years until she took them out because they grew.

Go figure. :)


    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 2:58PM
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On the positive side, George (macmex) says that while he was in Mexico he always kept one growing as a stomach treatment. I believe he said it was helpful for diarrhea. I hope he will be along to tell you more.

I have a much more weedy variety which I confine to a pot because it spreads by root runners. If I had that leggy one, I think I would cut it back and let it bush back out.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 5:44PM
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When watering, be sure not to spray any on the foliage. Just water ground. Water on the foliage will cause what is in your picture.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 4:45PM
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Looks like Silver Mound Artemisia, a groundcover version of artemisia. I had some at my old house, loved it. stays low and pretty mostly year round. I had another larger variety, can't recall the name right now, did great. This year it was evergreen, but some years the foliage gets too cold and I had to cut back some to get it to bush out more fully.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 12:12AM
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