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Artemisia

Artemisia (art-em-miz-ee-uh), Wormwood, Composite Family (Compositae); A large and interesting genus of perennial, some with important flavoring and other herbal uses, and widespread throughout the world. Almost all have inconspicuous flowers and gray or white foliage. Many are extremely drought resistant. The sagebrush of the western plains are among the species of Artemisia.

Grow artemisia in full sun and in organically rich, ph neutral, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil. Wet soils in winter are a common cause of plant demise. Northern zones may need a sheltered location. Prune plants to the ground in early spring. Dividing clumps every 3 to 4 years and transplant in spring. 

A. dracunculus (drak-kunk-yew-lus), Tarragon, is a highly esteemed herb used for cooking and salads, and also as a decorative green mass in the herb garden. Grows to 3 feet and evergreen in northern zones, if wintered over in a cool greenhouse. Harvest fresh leaves any time for cooking or dry leaves for later use by cutting the leafy stems in mid-summer. Hang bunches of french tarragon in a cool, dry location until dried, store in airtight containers. Propagate french tarragon by cuttings or division, seeds are generally sterile.

Excellent as a border plant, containers or window boxes, for cut and dried flowers, and fragrant foliage. Deer and Rabbit resistant.

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