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Artemisia Michauxiana – also known as Michaux’s Wormwood and Lemon Sagewort

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Artemisia Michauxiana which is also known as Michaux’s Wormwood and Lemon Sagewort belongs to Wormwood species. It is a rhizomatous perennial herb which can grow up to a height of a meter. It is a native of western North America from Yukon to California to Colorado. It grows well in subalpine to alpine climates. The herb has erect branches. It is a dicot and has green foliage with lemon-scent. The leaves are hairless or finely haired and divided into narrow segments. It has yellowish resin glands. The inflorescence is a spike that has clusters that has flower heads. It is of about 15cms in length. The flowers bloom from mid summer to early fall.
The Wormwood is used as a bitter tonic and for curbing intermittent fever. This perennial is the source of the alkaloid Santonin. This is used for removing worms. It is an excellent stomach infusion. The leaves are used for flavoring in cuisine. It is a Anthelmintic; Antiseptic; Antispasmodic; Carminative; Cholagogue; Emmenagogue; Febrifuge; Stimulant, Stomachic; Tonic; Vermifuge. It is used as a Repellent and Strewing.
The flowers are hermaphrodite and pollinated by wind. The plant prefers light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and needs well-drained soil. It can grow in saline soils. This shrub needs dry and moist soils. It can grow in a hardy zone of 7. This herb is also a host to the larvae.

Growing conditions/Care for Artemisia michauxiana:

• Plant in a sunny location.
• It grows in zones of USDA of 7 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.

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