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Artemisia Globularia – also known as Purple wormwood




Artemisia Globularia, which is also known as Purple Wormwood, is a perennial herb and a sub shrub. It is faintly aromatic with taproot system. The herb is simple with proximal branches and stems are erect and whitish gray in color. Leaves of this herb are basal and greenish to whitish green in color. The stems of flowers are three lobed and sparsely hairy. The flower heads are in arrays. Florets are bisexual with yellow or reddish black corollas.
This shrub is useful for livestock and wildlife. It prevents wind erosion of sandy soils and protection to grasses on grazing sites.
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 globularia

• 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.
• 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.

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