vulgaris “Cragg-Barber Eye”
Known as- Wormwood
Grow Zone - 4 to 8
Type- Herbaceous perennial
Smith Scl. hardy? No
ht.- 2 to 4 ft.
Span- 2 to 4 ft.
Shade/Light- Full sun
Moisture- Dry to moderate dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Medium
Best grown in poor to moderately fertile, arid to moderate wet, well-drained
soils in full sun. Excellent soil drainage is essential for growing this
plant well. Does poorly in damp to wet soils where plants are susceptible
to root rot. Plant stems tend to lodge(fall) in summer, especially if
grown in fertile soils and/or part shade. General foliage decline commonly
occurs in high humidity summer climates such as the St. Louis area. If
foliage declines or stems flop in summer, plants may be sheared to revitalize.
“Cragg-Barber Eye” is reported to be less invasive than the
“Cragg-Barber Eye” is noted for its yellow and green variegated
foliage. It is a generally upright cultivar that typically grows in a
mounded clump 2-4” tall and as wide, but may spread further in the
garden by rhizomes. Finely-dissected, variegated leaves are yellow splashed
with green striping. Leaves are aromatic when bruised. The tiny, somewhat
inconspicuous, whitish, discoid flower heads (rays absent) which appear
in dense panicles at the stem ends in summer have little ornamental value.
Species is a green-leaved, somewhat weedy perennial that is native to
Europe, but has naturalized as a roadside weed throughout much of the
eastern and Midwestern United States including Missouri. The species is
commonly called mugwort. Species plants were used in Europe to flavor
beer before the use of hops. Species plants also have a long history of
folk medicine uses for treatment of a variety of medical impairments including
intestinal worms (hence the other common name of wormwood).
Foliage may decline and plant stems may flop in summer. Susceptible to
root rot in damp soils, particularly poorly drained ones.
Variegated yellow and green foliage provides excellent contrast to flowering
plants and green foliage in borders and herb gardens. Good selection for
areas with poor arid soils.