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Artemisia gmelinii SunFern™ Olympia

Scientific Name : Artemisia gmelinii
Common Name : Russian Wormwood
Hardiness Zone : 4a - 9a
Hardiness Degree : -30°F (-34°C)
Blooming Season : Late Summer
Plant Habit : Mounded
Characteristics : Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance
Water : Light
Fertilizer : Once a month
Spacing : 18 - 24" (46 - 61cm)
Height : 16 - 18" (41 - 46cm)
Width : 14 - 18" (36 - 46cm)
Exposure : Partial Sun, Sun
General Information : SunFern features fern-like textures that thrive in full sun making for a great accent plant in containers or groundcover in the landscape. Low maintenance, drought tolerant, and winter hardy.
Idea & Tips : Best grown in a sunny location, however they can tolerate up to a half day of shade. This hardy perennial is quite drought tolerant once established. Plants can be trimmed to maintain their shape if needed; remove old foliage in Spring. Fertilize in Spring and late Summer.
Grower InformationSunFern is a novel collection with fern-like texture that thrives in full sun – the perfect accent plant.
  • This unique herbaceous perennial works well as a companion plant in containers and in the landscape.
  • Plants are non-invasive and won’t spread.
  • Low maintenance and drought tolerant.

Dark green leaves with red stems. 

PA State University Trials Best of Species

Protection InformationPP33,775
(Flowering Only License)
Breeder : Darwin Perennials
  • Propagation Guide
    • Media EC/pH:
      EC 0.75-0.80 mmhos/pH 5.8-6.2
      Soil Temperature:
      70-72°F (21-22°C)
      Rooting Hormone:
      500 ppm IBA
      Low to moderate
      50-75 ppm N starting day 7
      Pinch once, prior to transplant.
      35-42 days after sticking
      Mist enough to rehydrate cuttings. Do not over-mist beyond Day 2 or 3. Arcadia is particularly sensitive to over-misting in propagation.
    • Media pH:
      Nights: 56 to 64°F (13 to 18°C) Days: 65 to 76°F (18 to 24°C)
      Light Level (fc):
      5,000 to 8,000
      Day length neutral
      Allow media to dry moderately between watering.
      Use a balanced fertilizer at a rate of 150 to 175 ppm N.
      Pinch After Transplant:
      Typically not required
      Plant Growth Regulators:
      B-Nine/Cycocel sprays 2,500/1,000 ppm
      Pests and Fungal Diseases:
      Not particularly sensitive. Use well-drained media.
    • 1–qt. (10–cm) pot, 1 plant per pot:
      Not recommended
      1–gal. (15–cm) pot, 1 plant per pot:
      Rooted: 6-8 wks
      2 to 3–gal. (25 to 30–cm) pot, 3 plants per pot:
      10-12 wks
      Bloom Months:

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