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Artemisia Cana – also known as silver sagebrush, sticky sagebrush, Bolander sagebrush or silver wormwood




Artemisia Cana, which is also known as silver sagebrush, sticky sagebrush, Bolander sagebrush or silver wormwood belongs to the species of Sagebrush. It is native to western and central North America and is a shrub that can grow up to a height of 50-150cm. The leaves are evergreen and in a narrow blade in shape and thin. They are about 0.8 to 3.5 inches (2-9 cm) in length and in grey-green color and with a unique aroma and the root is a taproot system.
Particularly this sagebrush is native to the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and the American states of Alaska, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota.
This shrub is branched densely and need exposure to full sun to grow well. It needs zones of USDA: 4-10. The shrub bears yellow flowers in late summer and the seeds in the fall. The seeds germinate fast when fresh than dried. 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 australis:

• Plant in a sunny location.
• It grows in zones of USDA of 4-10.
• 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 arbuscula

• 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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