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Roman Wormwood

Artemisia pontica

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'Roman Wormwood' is a plant in the Artemisia (Wormwood) genus with a scientific name of Artemisia pontica.

Herbaceous perennial, the leaves form spirals of silvery/greyish green, with pale yellow tubular flowers from summer to fall. It repels fleas and moths indoors and will also repel insect larvae, however, do not plant close to anything else because it will inhibit growth of neighboring plants. The seed is deliciously perfumed.1

It is a flowering herb / ornamental that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more.

Roman Wormwood normally grows to a forb habit with a max height of 9.75 inches (that's 25.0 cm metric). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.

Roman Wormwood is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Roman Wormwood have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Roman Wormwood

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Drought tolerant once established.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. The USDA Zones typically associated with Roman Wormwood are Zone 2 and Zone 9. Try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 6.1 and 7.5 as Roman Wormwood likes to be in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Roman Wormwood is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Roman Wormwood to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Roman Wormwood from seed

Transplanting Roman Wormwood

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Roman Wormwood is a hardy plant.

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Roman Wormwood Etymology

The name of this plant, “absinthium” means “without sweetness”.1

Other names for Roman Wormwood

Petite Absinthe

Artemisia pontica L.

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