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Artemisia arborescens – native to the Mediterranean coast of European and African countries




Artemisia arborescens belongs to the wormwood species. It is native to the Mediterranean coast of European and African countries.
This plant has an aroma and a bitter taste. It is used as a tonic, vermifuge and for protection of woolen garments from moths. In culinary, it is used in tea, in spirits and in flavoring of wines. It gives absinthe, which is a flavor and for oils. Medically, it acts as an antifebrile, antiseptic, emmenagogue, against indigestion and hepatic failure. It is used for treating malaria.
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 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 arborescens:

• 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.
• 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 arborescens

• 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.
• Fertilize once a year.

Images of the plant on Google Search.





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