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Artemisia indica - Willd.

Common Name
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 6-9
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 Waste ground in central and southern Japan[58]. The sides of paths and tracks, margins of cleared forests at elevations of 300 - 2500 metres in Nepal[272].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, India.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Artemisia indica


Artemisia indica

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Artemisia indica is a ANNUAL/PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from Aug to October, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

A. asiatica. (Pampan.)Nakai. A. dubia. non Wallich. A. dubia orientalis. A. vulgaris indica.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses: Colouring;  Condiment.

Young leaves - cooked and eaten with barley[183]. The leaves are also pounded with steamed glutinous rice to give a flavour and colouring[177, 183].

Medicinal Uses



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Anthelmintic;  Antiseptic;  Antispasmodic;  Emmenagogue;  Expectorant;  Ophthalmic;  Stomachic;  Tonic.


The leaves and flowering stems are anthelmintic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, expectorant and stomachic[240, 272]. An infusion is used in the treatment of nervous and spasmodic affections, in asthma and in diseases of the brain[240, 272]. This infusion is also considered to be helpful in improving the appetite[272]. The juice of the plant is used in Nepal to treat diarrhoea, dysentery and abdominal pains[272]. It is used as an eyewash where it is said to relieve the burning sensation in conjunctivitis[272]. A paste of the plant is applied externally to treat wounds[272]. The roots are antiseptic and are a tonic for the kidneys[240, 266, 272].

Other Uses

Essential;  Incense;  Insecticide.

The plant yields about 0.2% essential oil. This is a good larvicide and a feeble insecticide[240]. The dried leaves and flowers are used as an incense[272].

Cultivation details

Easily grown in a well-drained circumneutral or slightly alkaline loamy soil, preferring a sunny position[1, 200]. Plants are annuals or short-lived perennials[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 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 in late spring.

Other Names

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Found In

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

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Readers comment

Emma Nash   Wed Jun 7 2006

Do you know any compnies who supply this oil? Thanks

aketh lepcha   Sat Apr 5 2008

how is plantation of this plant done on a large scale, is it possible to do so in north east region of india

Oriole Parker-Rhodes   Mon Oct 12 2009

I brought some seeds of this plant back from Nepal after I given some leaves to ese the pain of their vscious nettles. I have been growing and passing it on ever since. Externally it works as an effective painkiller. I use it very effectively for all sorts of stings, and as a woundherb. I also use it with honey for burns. It will grow readily from cuttings. It has been found (in the UK) to be frost hardy to 6 C. It can grow very tall (10 feet) in rich soil and sheltered from wind. 4 - 5 feet tall is more usual.

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