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Kay Jorgensen15-Sep-02 07:54 AM EST 2b   
Susan15-Sep-02 08:25 AM EST 6a   
Kay Jorgensen15-Sep-02 09:43 AM EST 2b   
Susan15-Sep-02 10:38 AM EST 6a   
Kay Jorgensen15-Sep-02 12:59 PM EST 2b   


Subject: Identifying white flower
From: Kay Jorgensen
Zone: 2b
Date: 15-Sep-02 07:54 AM EST

We were given some flowers, and a name 'some type of wormwort' but can't find it in any plant encyclopedia.

It is a spray of small creamy white balls about 1/8 inch across, nicely spaced on tall stems. The leaves are dark green, toothed, narrow, and grow at the base of the flower stem, all the way up the stalk. I don't know what the rest of the plant looks like.

It is lasting a long time as a cut flower and is extraorinarily beautiful above a bouquet of red begonias.

Kay J.


Subject: RE: Identifying white flower
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 15-Sep-02 08:25 AM EST

wormwort = wormwood = Artemisia absinthium, although 'some type of wormwort' might mean any artemesia. Many artemesias have scented foliage, often (but not always...) gray in color and are grown more for their foliage than their flowers. They are also frequently invasive so you might want to check to see if it's spreading...


Subject: RE: Identifying white flower
From: Kay Jorgensen
Zone: 2b
Date: 15-Sep-02 09:43 AM EST

I found artemesia absinthium while searching yesterday but the illustration did not look like my flower. The leaves on this one were dark green. Will take a picture of it.

Kay.


Subject: RE: Identifying white flower
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 15-Sep-02 10:38 AM EST

As I said, not all artemesias have grey foliage. For instance, look at the picture of Artemisia lactiflora 'Guizhou' at:

http://www.plantdelights.com/Catalog/Current/Detail/01403.html

It's a very nice artemesia with dark green leaves. Mine is in flower now - it is one of the few artemesias where the flowers are more important than the foliage....


Subject: RE: Identifying white flower
From: Kay Jorgensen
Zone: 2b
Date: 15-Sep-02 12:59 PM EST

That's the one! Thank you so much, Susan. Will post a picture of it as a filler in a bouquet later. Must try to beg borrow or steal a root from my niece!

Kay Jorgensen from Dawson Creek.


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