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Artemisia Verlotiorum is also known as Chinese Mugwort – a perennial




Image of Artemisia Verlotiorum plant from Google

Artemisia verlotiorum which is also known as Chinese Mugwort is a perennial that belongs to the Artemisia genus. It is a native to East Asia – Kamchatka, North Japan and China. This is an more widespread in Europe, North Africa, Central and East Asia and is an invasive weed. The name is after the founder, J.B. Verlot and is also known as Verlot’s Mugwort. This is reddish to brown in colour with green stems and broad leaves. The leaves are light in colour and denser on stem. The plant has pleasant aroma and flowers late in summer, that is, September-November . The reproduction of this plant is by stolons and lanceolate leaves.

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 Verlotiorum:
– 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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