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Dwarf Schmidt Wormwood

Artemisia schmidtiana 'Nana'

Also known as

Satiny Wormwood, Mugwort, Sagebush, Silver Mound, Wormwood

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Dwarf Schmidt Wormwood Overview

Artemisia schmidtiana 'Nana' is a low-growing perennial is cultivated mainly for its fine silver foliage, which is a useful companion for the darker leaves and flowers of other plants at the edge of a border or within a container. Is it very attractive as a tight mound, which can be perpetuated by trimming it each year as the insignificant flowers appear in June. This will prevent the plant from opening out in the middle. The genus is named in honour of Artemis, the Greek goddess of chastity and 'Nana' is the Latin for dwarf. The late English garden writer Christopher Lloyd thought this species was enchanting for the way the foliage traps a sprinkling of raindrops. He is also warned that as the young shoots extend in spring, they are often taken by Sparrows, who have a special fancy for grey foliage during the nesting season.

Common problems with Dwarf Schmidt Wormwood

Generally pest-free, may be attacked by powdery mildews.

How to harvest Dwarf Schmidt Wormwood

Not usually harvested.

How to propagate Dwarf Schmidt Wormwood


Sow seed in autumn or spring and lightly cover with grit. Place the sown seed in a cold-frame.


Take stem-tip cuttings in summer or spring around 6cm in length and place in a well-drained compost and cover with plastic film or horticultural fleece. Do not let the cuttings get too wet.


You can propagate by division in the spring or autumn.

Special features of Dwarf Schmidt Wormwood

Drought resistant

The species has a deep root system and silver foliage that help it obtain and conserve scarce water in times of drought.

Other uses of Dwarf Schmidt Wormwood

Border, edging, rock garden

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