Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver Queen'

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Buy Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver Queen' western mugwort: Ideal for a Mediterranean garden

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: well-drained, fertile soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering Period: August to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Artemisias are prized for their fine, almost silver, aromatic foliage rather than for their flowers, which are dull and insignificant. This one is semi-evergreen and has slender, silvery-white leaves, that turn greener as they age and tiny, brownish-yellow, mimosa-like flowers in August and September. It is an ideal groundcover plant for a sunny, well-drained Mediterranean border or gravel garden. Drought tolerant once established, it's an excellent foil for white or brightly coloured flowers. Give it space to spread out.

  • Garden care: Cut back stems back to ground level in autumn and apply a generous mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.

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Eventual height & spread

Eventual height and spread

Notes on Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver Queen'

"Straight uprights stems of narrow silver foliage that look like white-felt in summer sun - a foil for dark penstemons or bright-pink wands of Dianthus carthusianorum"

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Lovely colour and foliage


Grows fast, responds well to cutting back quite hard when leggy. 3rd year now and grew much taller this time around up to about 1m. Beautiful colour.




Favourite for a touch of silver.


Good contrasted with purple or gold foliaged plants. Can spread rapidly where happy but easy to control. Responds well to cutting back mid-season if it gets leggy or flattened by heavy rain.


Whitby North Yorks


Beautiful scented foliage


Beautiful scented silver foliage, makes an excellent companion to other flowering plants. If pruned hard in Autumn, soon produces new shoots and develops into a bushy shape.




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Every year my 'Sliver Queen' never fail to impressed


Wonderful smells heavenly besides my kitchen door. I wonder if anyone knows an accompanying plant.​



grew bigger than I expected


I used this as part of a bed plan based on a Sissinghurst planting





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I cut back my x2 artemisia silver queens (in their first year) in late autumn last year per yr advice. Despite plenty of bushy growth last year, there are no signs of life yet this year. My soil is fairly heavy clay. Should I assume they are dead or is there still time for them to start growing this year? Many thanks.


Hello there What a shame. Unfortunately if they are not showing any new growth by now, I think they have not made it through the winter. They need a well drained soil, and probably with the awful wet winter, along with your clay soil maybe getting waterlogged has killed them.

What can I plant on my slope? I have a fairly steep bank of clay soil, which is in full sun most of the day. What do you think would grow well and provided easy maintenance. I would welcome any opinions you have.

Below is a list of plants that should grow well on a sunny slope. Before planting dig in loads of well-composted manure to help improve the soil. It is back-breaking work, but well worth it in the long run. SHRUBS Cotoneaster dammeri Hebe pinguifolia 'Pagei' Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. repens Cistus x argenteus 'Silver Pink' PERENNIALS Alchemilla mollis Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver Queen' Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen'



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