WormwoodArtemisia absinthium 3' tall. Aromatic bitter herb native to Europe.
Beautiful branching shrub-like woody plant with tall stiff stems and alternate finely cut silvery-grey-green leaves covered with silken white hairs. Useful as an orchard companion—foliage has a strong sage-like scent and acts as an aromatic pest confuser. Adds a frosty color to the back of a perennial border.
Traditionally used as a digestive stimulant, mild antidepressant, potent insect repellent, and treatment for intestinal parasites.
Notorious as the source of absinthe, an addictive and controversial drink, wildly popular in the 19th century. Legal contention swirls around the thujone content in drinks and herbal preparations flavored with wormwood essential oil, which is known to be safe only in minute doses and potentially toxic in excess. Deadhead to prevent unwanted self-seeding.
Thrives in full sun and poor dry soils. Plant 24–36" apart. Requires excellent drainage. Cannot ship to CO, ND, SD or WA. MOFGA-certified organic, grown at Ripley Farm. Z3. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
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