Wormwood question

hoover67(7a)May 5, 2013

I had my son pick up some wormwood at the plant sale a week ago. He brought back Artemisia. Are all varieties of Artemisia considered wormwood? I have Artemisia growing (taking over) in a flower bed. I have been pulling it like crazy. Imagine my surprise when I went to plant the wormwood and read that it was artesmisia

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wormwood is a common name for a plant of the artemisia genus, as well as mugwort and sagebrush. but there are plants of the artemisia genus that is not called wormwood; for example, tarragon is artemisia dracunculus.

in short, stick to the botanical name if you want to be precise.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 12:09AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

So, all Wormwood is Artemisia but not all Artemisias are Wormwood.

If you get Artemisia absinthum you will have the plant generally understood to be Wormwood.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 1:18PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

If it is Artemisia vulgaris (aka mugwort), do yourself a favor and do not put it in the ground. It is one of the plants I curse and the list of plants I curse is a VERY short list indeed. Chances are that it isn't mugwort if it was called a "wormwood" but I just wanted to offer up a word of warning just in case.


    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 4:53PM
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