Artemisia lactiflora ‘Guizho’



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Artemisia lactiflora ‘Guizho’


Artemisia lactiflora ‘Guizho’ has showy sprays of creamy-white flowers which tower up over the summer months.
So the flowers of ‘Guizho’ make a lovely contrast to it’s ferny foliage and dark stems. Which are flushed with purple-black.
(Scroll down to “Growing” section below for plant and cultivation details).

Long blooming & lovely cut flower

Artemisia lactiflora ‘Guizho’ blooms in late summer through to autumn, with a long and constant blooming season. 
And the multiple stems of fine flowers create a such misty effect. So it is lovely used as a garden background plant.
As well as providing lovely and long lasting cut flower for vases.

Hardy neat clump

This bushy, upright clump of pretty foliage has a pleasant musk scent.
And it looks lovely planted as a background for blue or variegated leaved plants.
As well as a setting for late and colourful bloomers like purple Asters or yellow Rudbeckia.

Growing: Artemisia lactiflora ‘Guizho’

Height with flowers: 90cm. tall, straight flowering stems. Which tower above a neat, low mound of ferny foliage.
Width: Forms a neat clump of aromatic foliage to a diameter of 75cm. wide approx.
– Position: Enjoys various positions in Full Sun to 1/2 Shade. Though some Shade is beneficial in very hot districts.

Hardy & easy to grow

Soil: Artemisia lactiflora is not particularly fussy, but it does not enjoy being waterlogged.
So it tolerates a range of soils from sandy to clay. And tolerates both acid and alkaline lime soils.
Fragrance: The leaves are pleasantly aromatic, though the flowers have little scent.
Frost: Very frost hardy and so can withstand hard frost in excess of -10C. 
Growth: Evergreen, neat perennial clump. Though it becomes very tall over late spring, summer and autumn when the flower stems tower up.
– Water: Artemisa lactiflora is not a particularly thirsty plant.
Therefore average garden watering is sufficient. However it will suffer in very long dry periods.

Other benefits

Beneficial to wildlife: Small native bees and butterflies find the cloud of tiny flowers irresistible for gathering nectar and pollen. 
Care: Artemisia lactiflora is a very easy and low maintenance plant.
So an annual shear back after flowering is all the work required, apart from normal fertilizing in spring. 
Beware: People who suffer from dermatitis etc. should wear gloves when handling, as a percentage of people may have some allergic skin reaction.
Deer & Rabbit resistant: Huge cheers. The essential oils in all parts of the plant make it bitter and unpalatable to rabbits and deer.

Origin: Native to woodlands, shrubby thickets, stream banks in northern India, China, and Southeast Asia.
Myths & Legends: The Artemisia family is named for Artemis, the ancient Greek goddess of the moon, wild animals and hunting.
Traditional Herbal uses: The plant is used in traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of liver and menstrual disorders. 

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