Artemisia dracunculus L.
Artemisia dracunculus is a perennial.
Artemisia dracunculus was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.
Artemisia dracunculus is a species in the genus Artemisia which contains approximately 521 to 696 species and belongs to the family of the Asteraceae (Aster Family). The type species of the genus is Artemisia vulgaris.
The perennials reach heights of 50 to 120 centimetres. The plants reach a width of 10 to 30 centimetres.
Artemisia dracunculus is deciduous. The green leaves are alternate. They are linear.
Flowers and Fruits
Artemisia dracunculus produces panicles of ligth-yellow many-stellate flowers from July to October.
The perennials produce achenes.
Artemisia dracunculus is native to the European Russia (Belarus, the Ukraine, Moldova, Crimea), West-Siberia, East Siberia, Central Asia, the western Himalaya, Mongolia, China, Alaska, Canada, the whole of the US with the exception of the Northeast, the Southeast of the US and Florida and is naturalized in France, Central Europe, eastern Central Europe and Romania.
The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil with a pH between 6,5 and 7,5. They tolerate temperatures down to -40Â°C (USDA zone 3).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- open areas
The ornamental value of Artemisia dracunculus lies especially in its fragrance. The recommended planting distance is 60 centimetres, the perennials are best planted in groups of 3 to 5. Suited for cottage gardens, as well as suited as bee pasture.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants need little to no maintenance if grown under suitable conditions.
- Cut all shoots down to base in spring.
Pests and Diseases
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃe Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.