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Artemisia pontica which is also known as Small Absinthe or Roman Wormwood

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Artemisia pontica which is also known as small absinthe or Roman wormwood is a perennial herb and shrub which can grow up to a height of 1.33 ft. to 2.67 feet. The foliage has small fragrant leaves and the foliage is from green or silver to cream in color. This herb has yellow colored flowers. The flowers bloom from early summer. This perennial herb needs full sun and sandy to clay soil to grow well. This plant grows well in hardy zone of USDA of 4 to 8. The soil needs to be dry to moist and with a pH of 6 to 7.5.

This perennial herb belongs to Asteraceae family. This herb has many medicinal properties. It is used for deworming humans and animals. Wormwood is hence the name. It gives stomach relief from indigestion and by neutralizing stomach acids, gas and prevents nausea. It is an appetite stimulant. It relieves from gout and counteracts water retention. It helps to cleanse the liver and from liver damage. It is used in cooking as well.

It is native to Northern hemisphere and also parts of southern Africa and South America.

Growing conditions/Care for Artemisia Pontica:
– Plant in a sunny location.
– It grows in zones of USDA of 4 to 8 and -30° F temperature.
– The soil pH should be of 6 to 7.5.
– 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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