seeds of Artemisia scoparia, Virgate Wormwood
Artemisia scoparia Samen
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Artemisia scoparia, also called the virgate wormwood, is a plant species that belongs to the family Asteraceae. The plant’s synonyms include Artemisia capillaris, Artemisia elegans, and Artemisia gracilis. Other common names include redstem wormwood and capillary wormwood. Artemisia scoparia has its origins in most of Asia and Europe where it extensively grows to the present day. Artemisia scoparia has a variable lifespan. One should, therefore, be ready to cultivate the plant as an annual, biennial or even a perennial. The plant has numerously-branched stems that can grow to a height of 40 to 90 cm. The plant’s leaves are simple and alternately arranged. Each leaf has a serrated margin and is either lobed or without lobes. Flowers take the form of discs and have a width of 1.5 to 2.5 mm. The plant’s leaves are edible, and one can incorporate them into dishes that require vegetables. Many people regard Artemisia scoparia to be a valuable source of remedies. Such remedies allegedly have antipyretic, diuretic, antiseptic and anticholesterolemic properties. Many believe that such properties not only cure illnesses but also, improve wellness. Artemisia scoparia is supposedly able to treat hepatitis, gall bladder problems and jaundice. An additional use lies in the plant’s seeds which contain useful essential oil. Artemisia scoparia grows best in well-drained, fertile loamy soils. The pH of the soils should ideally hover between slightly basic and neutral. The plant grows best under direct sunlight given it has the versatility to cope with its sweltering effects. In the event moisture is minimal, and the soils are poor, Artemisia scoparia will still grow. The harsher the environment gets, the more resilient the plant becomes. A consequence of growing in poor soils is the plant ends up being more aromatic. Artemisia scoparia may or may not contain the allergen sesquiterpene lactone which triggers skin reactions.
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