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Artemisia ludoviciana albula ‘Valerie Finnis’ (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Artemisia ludoviciana albula ‘Valerie Finnis’ (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Artemisia ‘Sea Foam’

Asteraceae (Compositae)
Perennials

ARTEMISIA

Several species are valuable for interesting leaf patterns and silvery gray or white aromatic foliage (flowers are generally insignificant). Most kinds are excellent in mixed borders, where their white or silvery leaves soften harsh reds and oranges and blend beautifully with blues, lavenders, and pinks. Provide good drainage. Cut nonwoody-stemmed perennials to ground in late fall to rejuvenate; prune back woody perennials and shrubs (into older wood if necessary) before first flush of spring growth. Divide perennials in spring or fall; propagate shrubs by cuttings.

Artemisia ‘Sea Foam’ (photo courtesy of Kimberley Navabpour)
Artemisia ‘Sea Foam’ (photo courtesy of Kimberley Navabpour)

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Artemisia ‘Sea Foam’

Mounding growth to 6–12 in. high and 1 1/2–3 ft. wide. Lacy, silvery blue foliage; flowers are not showy. Useful as a groundcover in full sun or partial shade.

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