Artemisia bakeri Greene
Artemisia coloradensis Osterh.
Artemisia kansana Britton ex Britton
Artemisia vulgaris wrightii (A.Gray) H.M.Hall & Clem.
Artemisia wrightii A.Gray
Common Name: Carruth Wormwood
Artemisia carruthii is a herbaceous perennial plant usually growing 15 - 40cm tall, esceptionally to 70cm. The plant produces usually 3 - 8 stems from a rhizomatous rootstock[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
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[
Southern N. America - Arizona, Texas, Utah, Mexico.
Open sites, usually sandy soils, wooded areas, grasslands, railroads; at elevations of 600 - 2,900 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.
Artemisia carruthii is closely related to members of the Artemisia ludoviciana complex, with which it may intergrade[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
Leaves - cooked[
Seed - raw or cooked. An oily texture[
]. The seed is very small and fiddly to use[
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 about 10 - 15cm long, pot up in a lightly shaded position in a greenhouse or cold frame and plant them out when well rooted. Very easy.