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Artemisia glomerata – also known as Congested Sagewort




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Artemisia glomerata which is also known as Congested Sagewort, Clustered Wormwood, Cudweed Sagewort and Pacific Alpine Wormwood is a perennial sub shrub that belongs to the family Asteraceae. This perennial can grow up to a height of 30-50 cm and is mildly aromatic. The stems are brown color with hairs. The leaves are mostly basal and with whitish blades. They are deep lobed and the flower heads are in arrays. The florets are pistillate and bisexual in nature. Their corollas are yellow in color and bloom in mid summer. They are mostly found in Arctic and alpine tundra and sandy slopes of Yukon and Alaska.
The plant 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. This is an herb for flavoring in liquors and in vermouth. In terms of toxicity, skin Contact of this plant can cause dermatitis or allergies.
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 glomerata

• 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.
• 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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