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Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

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Herbs & Edibles


Description: Hardy, perennial herb - Silvery-gray, highly aromatic, feathery foliage; tiny, yellow, button-shaped flowers borne in clusters in late summer
Habit: Shrubby plants grow 2-3 ft high and 1-2 ft wide; responds well to pruning in early spring and again in summer to prevent a weedy look later in the season
Culture: Prefers dry, well-drained soil and full sun
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4
Origin: Europe, Asia, northern Africa
Attributes: Deer and rabbit resistant, drought tolerant
Jefferson documented

Wormwood, like many of the British and European Artemisias, was used as a "strewing herb" in earlier times to ward off insects and offensive smells. According to Fearing Burr, in Field and Garden Vegetables of America (1863), "the leaves...have a strong, somewhat pungent, yet aromatic odor, and are proverbial for their intense bitterness." Absinthe, an infusion of the foliage, was the notorious drink consumed by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh in late 19th-century France. Thomas Jefferson included Wormwood on a list of "Objects for the garden" at Monticello in 1794.

Arrives in a 2.5" pot.

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