Artemisia absinthium ‘Lambrook Silver’
(Also known as Absinthe Wormwood, grand wormwood, Silver absinthe)
A neat small bush of fine silver lace foliage that grows to around 60cm. Artemisia absinthium ‘Lambrook Silver’ foliage is pleasantly aromatic and makes a beautiful contrast option. The flowers in Summer to early Autumn may not be as showy as its foliage but are a nice none the less. A pale yellow cluster of tubular heads are borne on stems covered in the beautiful foliage.
A tough survivor
Thrives in a Sunny spot but does nearly just as well in Partial Shade. A real tough and water-wise plant that revels in heat and dry. Not fussy about soils, but must be well drained as it dislikes soggy soil. Suits seaside or windy gardens. Very drought and frost tolerant plant especially once established.
Deters Insect and Nibbling Pests
Traditionally used as a companion plant to deter insects, by planting as a barrier hedge, or with plants dotted around the area. Artemisia tea can also be used as spray as a natural slug and snail deterrent. Place dried foliage in drawers and cupboards as a moth repellent. Does well in a pot making it great to use near B-B-Q as well as around dining areas.
More interesting uses
Artemisia absinthium is an ingredient in the spirit absinthe however I wouldn’t try making it at home.. Although it is used, by professionals, for flavouring in Absinthe and in some other spirits and wines, including bitters, bäsk, vermouth and pelinkovac. In 18th century England, wormwood was sometimes used in beer instead of hops.
Growing: Artemisia absinthium ‘Lambrook Silver’
– Height with flowers: 60cm approx.
– Width: 45cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun or Partial Shade.
– Soil: Well Drained. Will tolerate most soil conditions but not waterlogged.
– Fragrance: Pungent aromatic scent.
– Frost: Hardy.
– Growth: Herbaceous Perennial.
– Attracts: Wormwood deters most flying insects due to its aroma.
Must be used with Caution
– Beware: Do not ingest without the advice of a health care professional. Although Wormwood has a lot of potential uses but each does come with it’s own potential danger.
– Care: Prune to desired shape in Autumn to keep compact, they enjoy a hard cut. If the foliage starts to discolour or stems droop, check that drainage is adequate.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant:
– Origin: Native to temperate regions of Eurasia and Northern Africa. It has also widely naturalised in Canada and the Northern United States.