Commonly known as Wormwood, is a herbaceous perennial plant belonging to the Asteraceae family.
Leaves: The leaves of Wormwood are silvery-gray, deeply lobed, and covered with fine, silky hairs. The foliage has a distinctive bitter aroma.
Stems: The plant has a woody, branched stem and a bushy growth habit.
Flowers: Wormwood produces small, yellowish-green flowers in elongated spikes.
Traditional Medicine: Wormwood has a long history of use in traditional medicine, particularly in herbal remedies. It was historically used to treat digestive issues, fevers, and as a vermifuge (to expel intestinal worms).
Culinary Use: While Wormwood is bitter and not commonly used in culinary applications, it is a key ingredient in the production of the alcoholic beverage absinthe.
Aromatic Qualities: The plant has a strong, characteristic scent due to the presence of essential oils.
Soil: Well-drained, moderately fertile soil is suitable. Wormwood can tolerate poor, rocky soils.
Watering: It is a drought-tolerant plant and does not require frequent watering.
Sunlight: Wormwood thrives in full sun.
Hardiness: It is hardy and can be grown as a perennial in . 4-9.
Harvest leaves and flowers as needed for medicinal purposes. The leaves are often harvested before the plant flowers for the highest concentration of essential oils.
Wormwood contains compounds, including thujone, that can be toxic in high doses. It's crucial to use this herb with caution and follow recommended dosages if using it for medicinal purposes.
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