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Water Wise Plants

Artemisia versicolor 'Seafoam'

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Common Name
Artemisia versicolor 'Seafoam'
Plant Type
Mature Size
6 - 12 in. high can spread 15 - 18 in.
Water Requirements
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full to half sun
Flower Color
Yellow and orange
  • Deer resistant
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

We have used Artemisia 'Seafoam' as a small edging plant in the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden. The leaves are silver and frilly, which add a nice texture to the garden. We have repeated silver foliage plants around the edge of the garden beds as a way of tying different beds together.

'Seafoam' has its challenges. The plant wants to bloom, but then it dies back after blooming. Cutting off the yellow flowers to keep the plant looking good may be more work than many of us want to do in the garden. We have found it to be a short lived perennial that needs to be replanted after several years.

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