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Artemisia scopulorum (Sagewort) – a perennial belonging to Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

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Artemisia scopulorum (Sagewort) is a perennial that belongs to Asteraceae (Sunflower Family) and is found in alpine and subalpine areas. It can grow up to a height of 10–25 cm It is a slim and a small plant. The leaves are basal and sage green in color. The smell is pleasant and flowers are brown to red to yellow in color.

This perennial is exotic and has alien like appearance. The flower head is a mixture of yellow and brown flowers and in the bracts, the color is black. The stamens of the flowers are curled. The stems are gray green in color and leaves are gray green too and basal. The flowers bloom from mid-late summer.
This perennial is anticholesterolemic, antipyretic, antiseptic, cholagogue, diuretic, and vasodilator, treatment of jaundice, hepatitis and inflammation of the gall bladder. It has an antibacterial action of inhibiting the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, streptococci, Bacillus dysenteriae, B. typhi, B. subtilis, Pneumococci, C. diphtheriae, mycobacterium.

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 Scopulorum:
– 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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