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Artemisia Bigelovii – also known as Bigelow sagebrush that belongs to the species sagebrush

Artemisia Bigelovii which is also known as Bigelow Sagebrush belongs to the species Sagebrush. It is a native of Southwestern United States. It grows in arid regions and limestone rich soils. This is a bushy shrub and has branches that are slender and curvy with round bark. The leaves are lesser than 3 centimeter and have teeth. The flower heads have yellowish disc florets. The fruit has a tiny achene and is a millimeter in length. This shrub is distributed over Colorado Plateau, northern Arizona, southeastern California, southern Nevada, central Utah, south-central New Mexico, and Texas. The leaves can grow from 0.6 to 1 inch (15-25 mm) in length and wide about 0.08 to 0.16 inch (2-4 mm). The flower has 2-7 flowers per flower head.
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.

Growing conditions for Artemisia bigelovii

• Plant in a sunny location.
• If sowing the seeds, sow in moist sterile soil and cover with fine sand and peat moss.
• This herb can also be propagated by cuttings.
• Use 3-4 inches long cuttings.
• Rooting should take place in about 4-8 weeks.
• Remove the lower leaves and on the upper side about half of leaves so that the transpiration is reduced.
• This 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 this 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 bigelovii:

• This Wormwood tolerates poor soil.
• This Wormwood needs full sun to partial shade.
• Maintain high humidity to ensure proper rooting.
• 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.

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