Artemisia camphorata Camphor Wormwood is highly aromatic.
With a strong, refreshing scent of lemon-camphor.
It is such a useful as well as decorative little shrub.
As it has silky, silver-grey-green foliage, and a naturally rounded shape.
Growing: Artemisia camphorata
– Height: Camphor Wormwood is a rounded bush growing to 1 to 1.5m height approx.
– Width: The shrub is very portly, and is at least as wide as it is high.
– Position: A position where it has Full Sun, dry, and very well drained soil is usual. However it will also cope in Dry Shade, as long as it is dry and not humid shade.
The tougher the conditions the better for Camphor Wormwood.
And tough going brings out the scent even more strongly, by concentrating the oils.
So it relishes hot, dry, windy, seaside positions.
And it also tolerates extremes of cold and heat, frost well.
Drought & frost proof shrub
– Soil: Enjoys soils with excellent drainage, and thoroughly enjoys sandy, gravel or rocky soils. And thrives in soils with poor nutrient levels.
Artemisia camphorata Camphor Wormwood accepts average garden loam happily. But will not be so happy to see fertilizer, manure or compost.
– Water-wise: Artemisia camphorata can get by on just a sniff of water.
So it will tolerate dry and drought like conditions with ease, once established.
– Frost: Extremely frost hardy due to it’s desert habitat. So it can tolerate very hard frosts down to well below -20C.
– Growth: Evergreen rounded shrub.
– Fragrance: Pleasantly aromatic leaves, with a strong scents of lemon and camphor. The aromas are especially pronounced after rain, and in heat and dry.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees find the tiny flowers very useful for nectar and pollen, although they are insignificant to us.
– Low Care: The rounded shrub does not need to be pruned, unless you wish to change its size or shape.
It does not like to be fertilized or fed with compost or manure.
And watering is at an absolute minimum.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Eureka! Chewing pests are repelled by the bitter taste and oils in the foliage.
Naturally drought resistant
– Origin: Artemisia camphorata is believed to have originated in Europe and northern Africa. Where it grows in a wide range of arid and semi arid habitats. However it has long been valued by humans for it’s wonderful scent. So we have carted it about as we migrated.
Useful companion plant for centuries
– Insect repellent uses: Dry foliage for sachets and pot-pourri. Then use to protect against moths and scent the home with refreshing lemon-camphor aromas.
While the bush is planted to help protect veggies, fruit and roses.