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Artemisia afra, commonly known as African Wormwood or Wilde Als in Afrikaans, is a perennial shrub native to South Africa.

Physical Description:

Leaves: Silvery-gray, finely divided leaves with a strong aromatic scent. Can grow up to 2 meters tall.


Medicinal: Artemisia afra has a long history of traditional medicinal use in South Africa. It is believed to have various health benefits, including treating coughs, colds, fevers, and stomach ailments. It is also used as a natural insect repellent.

Culinary: In some cultures, the leaves are used sparingly in cooking to add a unique flavor to certain dishes. However, its primary use is medicinal rather than culinary

Insect Repellent: The strong aromatic scent of the leaves makes it useful as a natural insect repellent, and the dried leaves are sometimes used in sachets.

Growing Conditions:

Soil: Well-drained soil is preferred.

Watering: It is relatively drought-tolerant once established but benefits from regular watering, especially in dry conditions.

Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade

Wilde Als (Artemisia Afra)

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