Also known as Virgate or Capillary Wormwood, this is a fast growing fragrant herb with a wide distribution across North Africa, temperate and tropical Asia, and through most of Europe. The aerial parts yield a volatile essential oil with insecticidal, antibacterial, anticholesterolemic, antipyretic, antiseptic, cholagogue, diuretic, purgative, and vasodilatory activities. It is an important herb in Chinese medicine, where it is known as Yin-chen, and is used for draining dampness, and in the treatment of jaundice, hepatitis and inflammation of the gall bladder. Said to inhibit staphylococcus and streptococcus and potentially deserves more attention in treating staph infections. The cooked leaves can be eaten as a herb.
Easy to grow in a well-drained neutral or slightly alkaline loamy soil, preferring a warm sunny dry position and actually enjoying extremes of hot and cold temperatures. Established plants are drought tolerant and very frost hardy. Artemesia scoparia has a variable life-cycle that can be annual, biennial or perennial. The plant produces much-branched stems that can grow 40 – 90cm tall, exceptionally to 130cm. Artemesias tend to be longer lived, more hardy and more aromatic when they are grown in a poor dry soil.
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