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Artemisia Princeps which is also known as Japanese Mugwort

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Artemisia princeps which is also known as Japanese mugwort is a perennial. This perennial can grow up to a height of 1.2 meters. It grows by underground stolons and can become invasive. This perennial bears buff colored flowers which are small and bloom from July to November. The flowers are hermaphrodite in nature and pollinated by wind. The perennial has feather shaped leaves and they are in light green colored on upper side and white dense fuzzed color on lower side.
This is used in traditional medicinal practice, Moxibustion which is popular in China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Tibet, and Mongolia.

This herb is also a host to the larvae. This wormwood is used for digestion. 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 an 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 princeps:
– 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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