The name of this species is spelled Artemisia verlotorum in the Flora of China[
], Most of the other works we consulted, including IPNI and GRIN used the spelling we have adopted here[
Artemisia leptostachya DC.
Artemisia selengensis Turcz.
Artemisia verlotorum Lamotte
Artemisia vulgaris angustisecta Fiori
Artemisia vulgaris aromatica Sacc.
Artemisia vulgaris selengensis Thell.
Artemisia vulgaris suaveolens Bég.
Growing as a weed in abandoned pasture land on creek flat, Eastern Creek, western Sydney region, NSW, Australia
Photograph by: Tony Rodd
Artemisia verlotiorum is a herbaceous, perennial plant growing 50 - 100cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for medicinal use.
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[
E. Asia - found through most of China and Taiwan. Extensively naturalized in temperate areas around the world.
Hills, roadsides, waste areas; at elevations from sea level to 2,000 metres[
]. Grows in disturbed areas, often in moist sites in eastern Australia[
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.