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Artemisia glacialis – also known as Glacier Wormwood

Artemisia glacialis, which is also known as Glacier Wormwood belongs to the family Compositae. This plant is a perennial that can grow up to a height of 18cm / 7 inches. This perennial has similar medicinal properties of wormwood. It is used as an infusion to combat mountain sickness. It is used as a whole as a digestive, expectorant, sedative and stomachic. It is used as a first aid for treating wounds. It grows in slopes of Alps. This is an herb for flavoring in liquors and in vermouth.
Skin Contact of this plant can cause dermatitis or allergies. It has a strong odor and its aroma is like that of turpentine or camphor after raining. The base is woody and the leaves are finely cut. It has a unique tap root system and lot of surface roots. This root system enables the shrub to tolerate drought conditions.
This shrub is used as food for livestock as it is known to be high in protein. Medically, it is used to treat intestinal worms and stomach problems. A decoction made out of their leaves is given to such patients for treatment.

Growing conditions/Care for Artemisia glacialis

• Plant in a sunny location.
• It grows in zones of USDA of 4 and -30° F temperature.
• If sowing the seeds, sow in moist sterile soil and cover with fine sand and peat moss.
• Avoid alkaline soil for this shrub.
• 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.
• Prune the shrub periodically for encouraging 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.

Images of the plant at Google

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