Artemisia obscura congesta Pamp.
Artemisia princeps candicans Pamp.
Artemisia vulgaris verbenacea Kom.
Artemisia verbenacea is a herbaceous, perennial plant growing 30 - 70cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local 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[
E. Asia - northern and central China
Slopes, roadsides, riverbanks, lakeshores; at elevations from 2,200 - 3,500 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[
The plant is used medicinally[
Seed - surface sow from late winter to early summer in a greenhouse, making sure that the compost does not dry out[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer.
Division in spring or autumn[
Basal cuttings in late spring. Harvest the young shoots when about10 - 15cm long, pot up in a lightly shaded position in a greenhouse or cold frame and plant them out when well rooted. Very easy.