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Artemisia Pygmaea which is also known as Pygmy Sagebrush

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Artemisia pygmaea which is also known as Pygmy sagebrush is a perennial dwarf shrub. It is a cushion like, evergreen perennial native shrub that can grow up to a height of 8 inches (20 cm). This is a desert species and is xeric in nature. The leaves are glabrous and about 0.08 to 0.16 inch (2-4 mm) in width and 0.08 to 0.32 inch (2-8 mm) in length. The stems are vegetative and leaves have 3 to 11 lobes with toothed edges. Each flower head has about 3 to 5 disc flowers. The inflorescence is spike like. The fruits are glabrous or resinous glandular achenes with large seeds. The root is taproot system. It is a dioecious perennial and the flowers are pollinated by wind.

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 Pygmaea:
– 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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