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Artemisia Cina – also known as Santonica, Levant Wormseed, or Wormseed




Artemisia Cina which is also known as Santonica, Levant Wormseed, and Wormseed belongs to the Daisy family and is a herbaceous perennial. The flower heads of this perennial is used in a dried form as a vermifugic drug Santonin in earlier times, it expels worms. The powder has an aroma and is in grayish-green in color but is bitter in taste. The plant has pollen grains that are spherical in color and elongated anthers and it is native to China, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.
This perennial has strong aroma and its 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.

Growing conditions/Care for Artemisia Canadensis:

• Plant in a sunny location.
• It grows in zones of USDA of 5-8.
• 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 inches.
• Mulching the plant is necessary in order to retain moisture and to maintain soil temperature.
• Divide the plant every 2-3 years for new growth.
• This Wormwood can tolerate poor soil.
• 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.
• Use a well-drained medium like that of 3 parts perlite to 1 part vermiculite or a mix of 1 part potting mix to 2 or 3 parts perlite.
• Fertilize once in a year with a spray of liquid fertilizer.
• Plant this wormwood about 2-3 inches away from other plants.

Images of plant, Artemisia Cina, as found on Google Search.





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