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Lilydale, Vic 3140
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Artemisia vulgaris 'Oriental Limelight'

Variegated Mugwort

Plant Type Large shrub
Flower Colour Yellow grey
Leaf Shape Pinnate
Leaf Colour Varieg - gold
Sun/Shade Part-full sun
Climate Min Cool temperate
Climate Max Sub trop
Drought No
Coastal No
Frost Moderate
Native Exotic
Flower Months Dec-Feb



Artemisia is a broad genera that straddles the ornamental and herb garden.  It has a rich history over the years as a medicinal herb, culinary herb and even been known to make a decent drink.  Artemisia vulgaris  has the common name of mugwort and is a strongly flavoured herb used sparingly in Eastern European and Asian cooking.  It is native to northern Africa, Europe and parts ofr Asia.  It has also become naturalised in USA.


Oriental Limelight has stunning foliage with soft lemon yellow variegation and finely dissected margins.  The small white flowers occur from December to April.  It prefers to grow in a partly shaded position in moist but well drained soil.  It is tolerant of moderate frosts and will grow to around 1.5m high.  The mature plant may fall over if not pruned on an annual basis.  A regular application or Seasol and Powerfeed will keep it healthy and happy.


Oriental Limelight is not as invasisve as the species form but should planted either in large tubs or where it has room to run.  Makes an excellent companion to autumn flowering, large salvia or amongst a mass planting of assorted Penstemon.

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