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Goddesses vs Queens - Artemisia (Wormwood)

Goddesses vs Queens - Artemisia (Wormwood)

Posted by John Friel on May 10th 2022

Artemis, Greek goddess of the hunt, was the daughter of Zeus and twin sister of Apollo. Wielding a bow and arrow, she drove a chariot pulled by golden-horned stags.

Which fails to explain why a genus of soft, silvery perennials, medicinals and annuals is named for her -- if it is: The name may actually honor Artemisia II of Anatolia (now Asia Minor), a botanist, doctor and 4th century BC queen.

Whichever eponym you prefer, here are two newcomers that belong in your perennial selection. Introduce your customers to the innovative SunFern™ series.


Artemisia gmelinii Arcadia PP33774 This little-used species brings a new aspect to a familiar category. A. gmelinii is a herbaceous perennial that looks like an evergreen shrub. Arcadia features feathery/ferny foliage, medium green with a light silver cast. Height: 14 – 18” Hardy in USDA Zones 4 – 9


Artemisia gmelinii SunFern™ Olympia PP33775 Olympia features the same upright, shrubby habit and ferny foliage, but with dark green leaves on striking red stems. Both varieties thrive in full sun or light shade, and make a fine retail presentation in gallon pots. Height: 14 – 18” Hardy in USDA Zones 4 – 9


The soft, silvery charms of Artemisia are legendary – but not mythical. Grow your own legend with the real thing: smooth-planting, fast-finishing 72-cell Artemisia liners from Emerald Coast Growers – the easy choice!

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