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Artemisia arctica – also known as Boreal Sagebrush




Artemisia Arctica which is also known as Boreal Sagebrush is a perennial and a sub shrub belonging to the genus Artemisia. It is a native of North America US Lower 48 and Alaska, specifically in the states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. This plant has strong aroma and the taste is bitter. 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 arctica

• Plant in a sunny location.
• Alaskan 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 Alaskan 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 Artemisia arctica

• This Wormwood tolerates poor soil.
• This Wormwood needs full sun to partial shade.
• This 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 with a spray of liquid fertilizer.
• Plant this wormwood about 2-3 inches away from other plants.

Images of Artemisia arctica as found on Google Search.





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