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Artemisia Nova also known as black sagebrush

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Artemisia nova which is also known as Black sagebrush belongs to the species of sagebrush. This sagebrush is native to western United States from California to Montana to New Mexico. This is an evergreen perennial shrub has two morphological forms, one a darker which is more often found and the other a light gray-green colored one which is rare. This is a small shrub and has erect stem with central trunk like base. This perennial shrub can grow up to a height of 20 to 30 centimeters to 70 centimeters. The leaves are aromatic and they are green, narrow and toothed at tip. The tipped are hairy and with inflorescence of clusters of flower heads. The tips are shiny, oily and yellow green phyllaries. The fruit is about a millimeter in length. This plant reproduces vegetatively. It is dwarf sagebrush. It crowns irregularly and spreading. It has a taproot system. The branches are woody, short and loose. The bark is shreddy. The leaves are bell shaped and 3 to 5 lobed and about 0.2 to 0.8 inch (0.5-2 cm) in length. Each flower head has about 3 to 5 flowers. It is a warm-season shrub. The plant blooms from midsummer to mid fall. This herb is also a host to the larvae.
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 nova:
– 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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