Wormwood's feathery, silver-green, fragrant leaves are covered in soft, silky hairs. Foliage is used fresh as filler in bouquets, or dried in wreaths. Panicles of tiny, yellow flowers appear in summer.
Kept clipped, wormwood can be shaped into an attractive, 2-4 foot tall hedge. It is an excellent background plant in the herb or flower garden; wormwood grows nicely with Delphiniums. Has has been used to make a bitter tonic to stimulate the appetite, improve digestion. A winter hardy perennial to zone 3.Wormwood seeds cannot be shipped to North Dakota.
How to Plant Wormwood Seeds
Sow wormwood seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil, do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 65-70°F., germination is in 10-14 days. Transplant wormwood seedlings into the garden 24 inches apart, in rows 3 feet apart, after all danger of frost.
Growing wormwood: Direct sowing of wormwood seed is not recommended. Prefers full sun or part shade. Afternoon shade best in warm to hot climates. Plants perform best in well-drained soil, with some summer water. Avoid growing wormwood in rich soil, with ample water, plants can be invasive. Wormwood is drought, heat, and deer resistant.