Citrus Southernwood

Artemisia abrotanum

Named for Artemis, Greek goddess of the moon, wild animals, and hunting, southernwood is primarily grown for its attractive lacy ornamental foliage that has a pleasant citrus to camphor-like fragrance. Leaves retain good fragrance after drying, hence their use in sachets, or for discouraging clothing moths.

Water: Moderate to Dry

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: 3 to 4' tall, herbaceous, bushy, mounded perennial sub-shrub

Light: Full Sun, thrives in dry heat

Soil: Dry, neutral

Origin: Southern Europe, from Spain to Italy. Introduced into the Eastern United States in the early 1600s, and has naturalized into parts of the northeast.

Citrus Southernwood