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Useful Temperate Plants

Artemisia campestris

L.

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Absinthium alpinum Besser

Absinthium boreale Besser

Absinthium congestum Lam.

Absinthium glaciale (L.) Lam.

Absinthium lanatum (Willd.) Besser

Absinthium virescens Juss. ex Besser

Artemisia allionii Nyman

Artemisia alpina DC. ex Steud.

Artemisia araratica Krasch.

Artemisia arenaria DC.

Artemisia argyrea (Jord. & Fourr.) O.Schwarz

Artemisia borealis Pall.

Artemisia bottnica (Kindb.) Leonova

Artemisia camporum Rydb.

Artemisia camtschatica Ledeb.

Artemisia canadensis Michx.

Artemisia caudata Michx.

Artemisia clausonis Pomel

Artemisia commutata hookeriana (Besser) Besser

Artemisia commutata richardsoniana (Besser) Besser

Artemisia commutata scouleriana (Besser) Besser

Artemisia cordata Alph.Wood

Artemisia crithmifolia L.

Artemisia desertorum Besser ex Hook.f.

Artemisia dniproica Klokov

Artemisia elegans Jan ex Besser

Artemisia forwoodii S.Watson

Artemisia fruticosa Willd. ex DC.

Artemisia gayana Besser

Artemisia gelida Ledeb.

Artemisia glacialis Vitman

Artemisia glutinosa Besser

Artemisia glutinosa Boiss. ex Walp.

Artemisia glutinosa J.Gay ex DC.

Artemisia groenlandica Wormsk.

Artemisia helvetica Schleich.

Artemisia inodora M.Bieb.

Artemisia jussieana J.Gay ex Besser

Artemisia lanata Lam.

Artemisia lercheana Besser

Artemisia marschalliana Spreng.

Artemisia monspeliensis Nyman

Artemisia nana Gaudin

Artemisia neapolitana Ten.

Artemisia norica Leyb.

Artemisia odoratissima Desf.

Artemisia pacifica Nutt.

Artemisia peucedanifolia Juss. ex DC.

Artemisia procera Lapeyr.

Artemisia remosa Sugaw.

Artemisia ripicola Rydb.

Artemisia rupestris Asso

Artemisia sabulosa Ledeb.

Artemisia saligna Ten.

Artemisia scouleriana (Besser) Rydb.

Artemisia sericophylla Rupr.

Artemisia sosnovskyi Krasch.

Artemisia stelleri Steven ex Ledeb.

Artemisia subulosa Willd. ex DC.

Artemisia tomentella subglabra Krasch.

Artemisia tschernieviana Besser

Artemisia variabilis Ten.

Artemisia vermiculata Schangin ex DC.

Artemisia violacea Ledeb.

Artemisia viscosa DC.

Draconia campestris alpina (DC.) Soják

Draconia campestris borealis (Pall.) Soják

Draconia campestris bottnica (Lundstr. ex Kindb.) Soják

Draconia campestris glutinosa (DC.) Soják

Draconia tschernieviana (Besser) Soják

Oligosporus albiceratus (Krasch.) Poljakov

Oligosporus arenarius (DC.) Poljakov

Oligosporus argyreus Jord. & Fourr.

Oligosporus borealis (Pall.) Poljakov

Oligosporus campestris (L.) Cass.

Oligosporus caudatus (Michx.) Poljakov

Oligosporus pacificus (Nutt.) Poljakov

Common Name: Field Southernwood

Artemisia campestris
Cultivated plant in the Sierra Nevada, Spain
Photograph by: Javier martin
Public domain
Artemisia campestris Artemisia campestris Artemisia campestris Artemisia campestris Artemisia campestris Artemisia campestris

General Information

Artemisia campestris is a very variable, biennial to short-lived perennial plant usually growing 30 - 80cm tall, exceptionally to 150cm. The plant produces one to many, usually unbranched stems arising from a woody caudex - growth forms can vary from mounded to spreading[
1050
Title
Fire Effects Information System
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.feis-crs.org/feis/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line information site with comprehensive information on over 1,100 species of plant. Mainly developed to supply information on the effects of fire on plants and animals, it also contains a wealth of other information on the plants
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of essential oil.

Known Hazards

Many members of this genus contain contain potentially allergenic sesquiterpene lactones that can cause skin reactions. Although this species has been found to contain them, there have been no reports that it has caused dermatitis[
407
Title
BoDD (Botanical Dermatology Database)
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://bodd.cf.ac.uk/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Brief notes on a very wide range of plants that have reports of causing harm to the skin.
].

Botanical References

17
Title
Flora of the British Isles.
Publication
 
Author
Clapham, Tutin and Warburg.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1962
ISBN
-
Description
A very comprehensive flora, the standard reference book but it has no pictures.
,
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.

Range

Temperate regions throughout the northern hemisphere.

Habitat

Steppes, waste areas, rocky slopes, dune margins; at elevations from 300 - 3,100 metres in China[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
]. Open meadows in N. America; at elevations from sea level to 1,000 metres[
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitBiennial/Perennial
Height0.50 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

With its wide distribution, Artemisia campestris shows great climatic tolerance. It grows successfully in the Arctic Circle; in Alpine regions; Semi-arid and Desert areas; Continental climates etc[
1050
Title
Fire Effects Information System
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.feis-crs.org/feis/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line information site with comprehensive information on over 1,100 species of plant. Mainly developed to supply information on the effects of fire on plants and animals, it also contains a wealth of other information on the plants
].
Easily grown in a well-drained circumneutral or slightly alkaline loamy soil, preferring a sunny position[
1
Title
RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Publication
 
Author
F. Chittendon.
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
1951
ISBN
-
Description
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaced in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
,
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Succeeds in saline and calcareous soils[
1050
Title
Fire Effects Information System
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.feis-crs.org/feis/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line information site with comprehensive information on over 1,100 species of plant. Mainly developed to supply information on the effects of fire on plants and animals, it also contains a wealth of other information on the plants
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Plants are longer lived, more hardy and more aromatic when they are grown in a poor dry soil[
245
Title
Scented Flora of the World.
Publication
 
Author
Genders. R.
Publisher
Robert Hale. London.
Year
1994
ISBN
0-7090-5440-8
Description
An excellent, comprehensive book on scented plants giving a few other plant uses and brief cultivation details. There are no illustrations.
].
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
233
Title
Perennial Garden Plants
Publication
 
Author
Thomas. G. S.
Publisher
J. M. Dent & Sons, London.
Year
1990
ISBN
0 460 86048 8
Description
A concise guide to a wide range of perennials. Lots of cultivation guides, very little on plant uses.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

Related to southernwood, Artemisia abrotanum, this species has similar though milder medicinal properties[
4
Title
A Modern Herbal.
Publication
 
Author
Grieve.
Publisher
Penguin
Year
1984
ISBN
0-14-046-440-9
Description
Not so modern (1930's?) but lots of information, mainly temperate plants.
]. The leaves and young flowers are anthelmintic, antiseptic, cholagogue, deobstruent, emmenagogue, stomachic and tonic[
4
Title
A Modern Herbal.
Publication
 
Author
Grieve.
Publisher
Penguin
Year
1984
ISBN
0-14-046-440-9
Description
Not so modern (1930's?) but lots of information, mainly temperate plants.
,
7
Title
Encyclopaedia of Medicinal Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Chiej. R.
Publisher
MacDonald
Year
1984
ISBN
0-356-10541-5
Description
Covers plants growing in Europe. Also gives other interesting information on the plants. Good photographs.
,
165
Title
The Dictionary of Modern Herbalism.
Publication
 
Author
Mills. S. Y.
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent small herbal.
]. The main use of the plant is as an emmenagogue, it is also a good stimulant tonic and has some nervine principle[
4
Title
A Modern Herbal.
Publication
 
Author
Grieve.
Publisher
Penguin
Year
1984
ISBN
0-14-046-440-9
Description
Not so modern (1930's?) but lots of information, mainly temperate plants.
]. The leaves have been chewed in order to treat stomach problems[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
]. The plant was used by some native North American tribes as an abortifacient to terminate difficult pregnancies[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
].
Externally, the plant has been crushed and applied to rheumatic joints, eczema, bruises and sores[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
]. A poultice of the crushed leaves has been applied to sore eyes[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
].

An infusion of the roots has been used, especially on children, as a hair tonic and to treat scalp infections[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
]. It has been taken internally to promote urination and bowel movements[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

The pulverized roots are aromatic and have been used as a perfume[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
].
The plant yields an essential oil that is used in perfumery[
61
Title
A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man.
Publication
 
Author
Usher. G.
Publisher
Constable
Year
1974
ISBN
0094579202
Description
Forget the sexist title, this is one of the best books on the subject. Lists a very extensive range of useful plants from around the world with very brief details of the uses. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed - surface sow from late winter to early summer in a greenhouse. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring or autumn.
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