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Powis Castle artemisia is a low mounding shrub, herbaceous in character, that grows 2-3 ft. tall, 4-6 ft. across. Silvery gray-green foliage is finely divided and soft in appearance; flowers are inconspicuous.

Discovered in Powis Castle, Wales, Powis Castle artemisia has quickly become a popular garden plant in the Inland Empire due to its relatively small size, soft texture and silvery-gray color. It grows well in full sun to partial shade, on well-drained soils with moderate to low amounts of supplemental water. It is best to treat this selection like an herbaceous perennial; it is often short-lived to 3-5 years and looks best when trimmed each year to maintain a compact shape. It combines well in mixed border plantings, spilling over walls and on banks in both Mediterranean and cottage garden plantings.

Water Needs

The Powis Castle artemisia is well adapted to normal winter rains and periodic summer irrigation throughout the Inland Empire. Established plants grow well with periodic deep irrigation in the summer. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water; more supplemental water commonly results in a longer growing season and larger sizes.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

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Irrigation Schedule 2

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"-14"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

For information how to calculate your irrigation system’s schedule and precipitation rate, please follow this link.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Mounding
Growth Rate: Short-lived, Fast
Height: 2 ft. - 3 ft.
Width: 4 ft. - 6 ft.
Water Needs: Low 2
Foliage Color: Silvery white
Flower Color: Insignificant
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: All day sun, Partial sun
Function: Residential spaces, Raised planters, Foliage accent plant, Borders, Fragrant foliage, Small spaces


This plant is primarily grown for its ornamental foliage. Many gardeners choose to prune off flowers when they form in late spring (5). If allowed to flower, prune off spent flowers to clean up plant after flowers fade.



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