Also known as common wormwood, Artemisia absinthium
is an attractive plant with graygreen leaves and new shoots that are almost white. The flower panicle, shown in the photo, is really the least attractive part of the plant. I keep absinthe wormwood sheared back to keep it bushy and full of its pretty silver foliage.
Absinthe wormwood is famous in France as the main ingredient of the liqueur absinthe
, which is now banned in its former form due to toxicity of one of the compounds in the plant. Historically, the plant has been used as a vermifuge and appetite stimulant. The leaves and flowers are extremely bitter.
This artemisia helps attract beneficial insects to the garden, and is valued for its silvery foliage and warm aroma. It grows 2-3 feet tall, and is extremely tough, thriving in almost any soil. It shows most compact growth in full sun and poor soil.
Size: 5000 seeds