Artemisia ludoviciana 'Valerie Finnis'

2 litre pot £12.99
available to order from summer
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Buy Artemisia ludoviciana 'Valerie Finnis' western mugwort: Decorative, silvery foliage

This perennial is semi-evergreen so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

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

    Prized for its aromatic, silvery-green foliage, this sun-loving perennial forms a natural upright mound, which is topped with very small, yellowish-brown flowers in late summer. This artemisia will make an excellent addition to a Mediterranean-style planting scheme and provides a useful foil for pink and purple coloured flowers (as seen above planted with an Achillea). The scented foliage can be used in dried flower arrangements and once established the plant will become quite tolerant of drought.

  • 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 'Valerie Finnis'

"A more diminutive form with plainer foliage that emerges almost white making dark dusky flowers look more dramatic"

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Lovely silver foliage


Beautiful silver foliage which contrasts well with purple-flowered or purple-leaved plants. I cut it back last autumn and already (in March) the foliage is emerging.




Very vigorous!


This is a very vigorous plant that soon spread to about a metre wider with lots of side shoots. It has an attractive appearance and smell. I had it at the edge of a border but had to get rid of it as it grew so tall and flopped to the ground after heavy rain. I tried to support it with metal semi-circles but it spoiled its appearance. Cutting it back helped reduce the height but it ended up looking messy. I've found that Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet' works much better and gives the same silvery grey impression.




plant that spreads


Best suited to a larger border with space to accommodate it.


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Artemisia ludoviciana Valerie Finnis

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Should I stake this as it's flopping over


Yes, if it has started to get floppy and you want it more upright, then I would support if with some brushwood canes (or something similar).


Could you possibly tell me if this would do well in a south facing border, clay soil please? Many thanks.


Hello, It will love being in a sunny spot, and as long as your clay soil is not too heavy and wet, then that should not pose any problems either.


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