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Artemisia campestris - L.

Common Name Field Southernwood
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, skin contact with some members of this genus can cause dermatitis or other allergic reactions in some people[222].
Habitats A very local plant in Britain, confined to the breckland heaths of eastern Britain[17].
Range Temperate regions throughout the northern hemisphere, including Britain.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Artemisia campestris Field Southernwood


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Artemisia campestris Field Southernwood
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Summary

Common names include field wormwood, beach wormwood, northern wormwood, Breckland wormwood, boreal wormwood, Canadian wormwood, field sagewort and field mugwort.


Physical Characteristics

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Artemisia campestris is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from Aug to September, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Wind. Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Abortifacient;  Anthelmintic;  Antiseptic;  Cholagogue;  Deobstruent;  Emmenagogue;  Ophthalmic;  Poultice;  
Stomachic;  Tonic.

Related to the southernwood, A. abrotanum, this species has similar though milder medicinal properties[4]. The herb is anthelmintic, antiseptic, cholagogue, deobstruent, emmenagogue, stomachic and tonic[4, 7, 165]. The main use of this herb is as an emmenagogue, it is also a good stimulant tonic and has some nervine principle[4]. The leaves have been chewed in order to treat stomach problems[257]. The plant was used by some native North American Indian tribes as an abortifacient to terminate difficult pregnancies[257]. Externally, the plant has been crushed and applied to rheumatic joints, eczema, bruises and sores[257]. A poultice of the crushed leaves has been applied to sore eyes[257]. An infusion of the roots has been used, especially on children, as a hair tonic and to treat scalp infections[257]. It has been taken internally to promote urination and bowel movements[257].

Other Uses

Essential.

The pulverized roots are aromatic and have been used as a perfume[257].

Cultivation details

Easily grown in a well-drained circumneutral or slightly alkaline loamy soil, preferring a sunny position[1, 200]. Established plants are drought tolerant[200]. Plants are longer lived, more hardy and more aromatic when they are grown in a poor dry soil[245]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].

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.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

This plant can be weedy or invasive. Some reports of weedy problems in Wyoming, USA.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed. Threatened and Endangered species in Ohio, USA (beach wormwood).

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Artemisia argyi 02
Artemisia biennisBiennial Wormwood11
Artemisia campestris glutinosa 00
Artemisia capillarisYin Chen Hao13
Artemisia caruifolia 13
Artemisia cinaCina, Santonica03
Artemisia dracunculoidesRussian Tarragon, Tarragon, French Tarragon21
Artemisia dracunculusTarragon, French Tarragon42
Artemisia filifoliaSand Sage, Sand sagebrush02
Artemisia frigidaFringed Wormwood, Prairie sagewort12
Artemisia glacialisGlacier Wormwood12
Artemisia gmeliniiRussian Wormwood, Gmelin's wormwood11
Artemisia indica 13
Artemisia japonica 12
Artemisia keiskeana 21
Artemisia laciniataSiberian wormwood10
Artemisia lactifloraWhite Mugwort02
Artemisia lancea 11
Artemisia ludovicianaWhite Sage, Louisiana Sage, Prairie Sage, Western Mugwort22
Artemisia ludoviciana gnaphalodesWhite Sage02
Artemisia maritimaSea Wormwood12
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Artemisia montana 10
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