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Artemisia aleutica – also known as Aleutian wormwood

Artemisia aleutica which is also known as Aleutian wormwood is a perennial sub shrub and an herb. It is an Alaskan plant that is rare and is native to the western Aleutian Islands. This plant has a strong aroma with a bitter taste. It has terpenoids and sesquiterpene lactones which gives the herb its bitter taste. The flowers are pollinated by wind and by butterflies. The herb is used as a food plant by Lepidoptera species larvae.
It is used in flavoring and an important herb in French cuisine.
It is used to treat cough, fever, colic, headache, to intestinal parasites and malaria.
It is used in enemas, poultices, infusions, lotions, inhaled (e.g. smoked or snuffed), or as an essential oil and to repel moths and fleas from clothes and for brewing. It is also used as a stomachic, febrifuge and anthelmintic.
The word “Artemisia” comes from the Greek god, Artemis.
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 aleutica

• 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 occasionally especially in hot and dry weather.
• Fertilize wormwood using liquid or general fertilizer every spring.
• Divide the plant every 2-3 years for new growth.

Care for Artemesia aleutica

• 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 and divide 2-3 years.
• Mulch the plant around to about 2-3 inch, this is to retain moisture and to maintain soil temperature.
• Fertilize once a year.
• Use a spray of liquid fertilizer.
• Plant this herb about 2-3 inches away from other plants.

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