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Artemisia Nesiotica also known as the Island Sagebrush

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Artemisia nesiotica which is also known as the island sagebrush belongs to species of sagebrush and to the family Asteraceae. This is a perennial and a shrub that can grow up to a height of half a meter. It is round in shape and bears thin and upright stems. The base is woody and the foliage bears leaves that are woolly that are divided into flat and thin thread like segments. The flower heads are on narrow clusters and the fruit is a resinous achene.
It is a dicot and it is native to California. It is a severe allergen too. The pollination of these shrubs occurs in summer. This herb is also a host to the larvae.

This wormwood is used for digestion. Its scent is like that of apple. 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. It is known as Cina Maritima in homeopathy. The leaves are used for flavouring 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 plant prefers light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and needs well-drained soil. It can grow in saline soils. This shrub dislikes shade and dry and moist soils. It can grow in a hardy zone of 7.
Growing conditions/Care for Artemisia nesiotica:
– 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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