HERB – WORMWOOD – ARTEMISIA ABSINTHIUM

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A medicinal herb from years gone by used for cuts and bruises, to treat indigestion, help with fever and infections and as a type of insect repellent. Its attractive silvery grey foliage and bright yellow flowers make an ideal backdrop for bright coloured flowers.

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HERB – WORMWOOD – ARTEMISIA ABSINTHIUM

HERB – WORMWOOD – ARTEMISIA ABSINTHIUM. A medicinal herb from years gone by used for cuts and bruises, to treat indigestion, help with fever and infections and as a type of insect repellent. Its attractive silvery grey foliage and bright yellow flowers make an ideal backdrop for bright coloured flowers.  Wormwood  is a semi-woody, sub-shrub with silver gray, strongly aromatic foliage.  It is well branched and gets about 3 ft. tall and 2 ft. across. Used as an ingredient in the liquor absinthe and also used for flavoring in some other spirits and wines, such as vermouth.  In large quantities this herb is toxic but its bitter taste helps to keep it in portion. Requires full sun and thrives in well drained dry conditions.

 

Cultivation Advice HERB – WORMWOOD – ARTEMISIA ABSINTHIUM

  • Sow from March to June in pots or trays under-cover.
  • Surface sow seeds thinly on fine seed compost and cover lightly or with vermiculite.
  • Thin / transplant to 2in between plants when large enough to handle. Transplant out when large enough to handle to 60cm (2ft) apart between plants.
  • Keep well-watered until established.  Leaves can be cut regularly throughout the summer and autumn.