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Artemisia absinthium – native to Eurasia and northern Africa




Artemisia absinthium, also known as absinthium, absinthe wormwood, wormwood, common wormwood, Green Ginger or grand wormwood can grow up to a height of 0.8-1.2 m (rarely 1.5 m). It is a wormwood species and native to Eurasia and northern Africa. It is an herbaceous perennial. Its stem is straight, branched and grooved. The stems are silvery-green and leaves are spiral and greenish grey up the side and white, down the side. The leaves are spirally arranged. The flowers bloom from early summer to early autumn and fruit is a small achene.
This plant is used in spirits, flavoring in wines and medicinally as tonic, stomachic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and carminative, cholagogue, febrifuge and is also used in mint tea. This plant needs full sun to partial shade and well drained soil. Mulching the plant around is needed to retain moisture and temperature maintained that is ideal for the plant.

Growing conditions for Artemisia absinthium:

• Plant in a sunny location.
• Wormwood needs full sun to partial shade.
• Dig a hole of 6 to 8 inches to plant.
• Add 2-4 inches of compost or manure to the planting soil.
• The plant’s root ball should fit the hole.
• Keep the soil moist and for good growth water occassionaly especially in hot and dry weather.
• Fertilize wormwood using liquid or general fertilizer every spring.
• Mulch the plant around to about 2-3 inch.
• This is to retain moisture and to maintain soil temperature.
• Divide the plant every 2-3 years for new growth.

Care for Artemesia absinthium;

• Wormwood tolerates poor soil.
• Wormwood needs full sun to partial shade.
• Wormwood is not affected by many diseases or pests.
• Do not keep the plant wet or soggy as it develops root rot.
• Prune the plant.
• Mulch the plant around to about 2-3 inch.
• This is to retain moisture and to maintain soil temperature.
• Fertilize once a year.

Find images of this plant here.





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