This species has sometimes been wrongly identified as Artemisia biennis Willd.[
Artemisia tournefortiana is a branched annual plant growing 110 - 150cm tall, exceptionally to 200cm[
The plant is harvested from the wild for use as a medicine.
Although we have seen no specific reports for this species, many members of this genus contain potentially allergenic sesquiterpene lactones that can cause skin reactions[
Asia - Turkey, Caucasus, Iran, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, western China, northern Pakistan, Mongolia.
Hills, terraces, dry floodlands, waste fields, steppes, open forests, semi-marshlands; at elevations from 800 - 1,500 metres[
Species in this genus are generally easily grown, succeeding in a well-drained circumneutral or slightly alkaline loamy soil, preferring a sunny position[
]. They tend to be longer lived, more hardy and more aromatic when they are grown in a poor dry soil[
Established plants are drought tolerant.
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
Artemisia tournefortiana is used in NW China as a source of anti-inflammatory, antifebrile,anthelmintic, and antitoxic drugs[
Seed - surface sow spring in a greenhouse. Do not allow the compost to dry out. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer.
The seed can also be sown in situ during late spring.