Artemisia xerophytica is an evergreen, dwarf, clump-forming shrub growing 30 - 40cm tall.
The plant is one of the few woody species that grows in its arid environment and is used there for soil stabilization and as a windbreak.
Although we have seen no specific reports for this species, many members of this genus contain potentially allergenic sesquiterpene lactones that can cause skin reactions[
E. Asia - Mongolia, northern China.
Gobi Desert, semidesert steppes, dunes; at elevations from 1,700 - 3,500 metres[
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Artemisia xerophytica is a plant of arid and semi-arid areas in northern China and Mongolia, where it is found in hardiness zones ranging from 2 - 6.
Species in this genus are generally easily grown, succeeding in a well-drained circumneutral or slightly alkaline loamy soil, preferring a sunny position[
]. They tend to be longer lived, more hardy and more aromatic when they are grown in a poor dry soil[
Established plants are drought tolerant.
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
The plant is often used within its native habitat as a windbreak and for the stabilization of sand[
Seed - surface sow from late winter to early summer in a greenhouse, making sure that the compost does not dry out[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer.
Division in spring or autumn[
Basal cuttings in late spring. Harvest the young shoots when about 10 - 15cm long, pot up in a lightly shaded position in a greenhouse or cold frame and plant them out when well rooted. Very easy.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in a frame.