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Description for Artemisia absinthium
Artemisia is a shrubby perennial plant. The root is fibrous and woody and the stems are branched and have an ash-grey bark. The plant can grow up to 4 ft. tall. The species has pale or sage-green leaves that are pinnate and finely divided. The leaflets are very narrow, linear, entire and concave on the upper and lower surfaces.
The species also has an aromatic fragrance.
Planting and care
Caring for Artemisia absinthium
- Wormwood likes a shady situation, and is easily propagated by division of roots in the autumn, by cuttings, or by seeds sown in the autumn soon after they are ripe. No further care is needed than to keep free from weeds. Plant about 2 feet apart each way.
Typical uses of Artemisia absinthium
Special features: Fragrant Foliage, Showy Foliage
Culinary use: Wormwood is also used as a flavoring agent.
Ornamental use: Its small yellow flowers have little ornamental value.
Wormwood is useful in beds, borders, and rock gardens, and it makes an excellent foil for bright colors and dark foliage.
Medicinal use: Anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and chemotherapeutic activity is documented in nonhuman studies.
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