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Wormwood - Live Plant
Wormwood - Live Plant
Wormwood - Live Plant
Wormwood - Live Plant

Wormwood - Live Plant

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Wormwood is a Perennial plant that is USDA hardy from growing zones 4-8. Wormwood (artemisia absinthium) is also known as Absinthe. The Wormwood is available in a 3.5" pot. All plants have been grown by seed unless otherwise noted.

What essentials do I need to ensure success in cultivating Wormwood?

For successful cultivation of Wormwood, prioritize understanding its water, light, and soil needs. Wormwood does best with full sun exposure.

If you are growing in a container, you can easily control the soil. However if you are growing in the ground, Wormwood grows best in well-drained, sandy soil.

Be mindful of Wormwood's eventual size. It's best to allocate 24 inches of space between plants, considering they can expand to 24-36 inches in diameter and up to 36-48 inches tall.

Although Wormwood typically produces blooms summer, flowering could be delayed until the second year, depending on the planting date.

How can Wormwood be employed?

Throughout history, Wormwood has been valued for its digestive aid, insect repellent, with tea, tincture commonly derived from its leaves.

About Wormwood

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is a perennial herb renowned for its distinct botanical features and potent medicinal benefits. With its feathery silver-green leaves and small yellow flowers, wormwood exudes a unique aroma that adds an intriguing element to any garden. 

It’s rich in compounds like absinthin and thujone that are frequently recognized for their digestive benefits, including aiding in the relief of indigestion, bloating, and loss of appetite.  Its bitter taste also stimulates the production of digestive enzymes, promoting overall digestive health. Traditionally, it has been used to alleviate menstrual discomfort and serves as a natural remedy for infections and fever. However, it's important to use wormwood with caution due to its high thujone content, which can be toxic in large amounts. 


How to Use Wormwood

  • Tincture: Following the drying process, finely chop wormwood leaves and stems before steeping them in grain alcohol for a duration of 4 to 6 weeks. This method yields a potent tincture saturated with the essence of wormwood.
  • Tea:  To harness the soothing properties of wormwood, steep dried leaves and flowers in hot water for around 10 minutes. This allows the infusion to extract the beneficial qualities of the herb effectively.
  • Salve: Craft a gentle topical salve by blending wormwood-infused oil with beeswax, creating an ideal formulation for external use.
  • Vinegar Infusion: Submerge dried wormwood leaves and stems in either apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar for a period of 2 to 4 weeks. During this time, periodically shake the mixture and consider adding additional vinegar to enhance the potency of the resulting wormwood-infused vinegar.

Wormwood - Live Plant Frequently Asked Questions

Is Wormwood an annual or perennial plant?

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is a perennial plant. It typically persists year after year, regrowing from its root system each spring.


How much space should be needed to grow Wormwood?

When planting wormwood, it's recommended to space individual plants about 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 centimeters) apart to allow for adequate air circulation and growth. This spacing provides each plant with room to spread its roots and foliage comfortably while preventing overcrowding.


What zone does Wormwood grow in?

 It is typically suitable for USDA hardiness zones 4 to 9, although some varieties may thrive in slightly different zones depending on local conditions and care.


When should I harvest Wormwood?

For culinary purposes or to use the leaves in teas, harvest wormwood in the early morning before the heat of the day intensifies. This is when the aromatic oils are most concentrated in the leaves. If you're harvesting wormwood for its flowers, wait until the plant has begun to flower. This is usually in mid to late summer, depending on your region. If you're harvesting wormwood for its medicinal properties, wait until the plant is mature, typically in its second or third year of growth. Harvest the aerial parts of the plant (leaves and stems) when they are at their peak potency, usually just before the flowers fully open.


Does Wormwood flower or fruit?

Yes, Wormwood does make flowers. They're small and yellow and usually show up in the middle or end of summer on tall stems. The flowers aren't very fancy, but they add a nice touch to the plant. Sometimes after the flowers, it might grow some small fruit.


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