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Artemisia tilesii - Ledeb.

Common Name Wormwood, Tilesius' wormwood
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
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 Open rocky or gravelly wet or dry sites, mostly at rather high elevations in the mountains, but descending at times to sea level, N. Montana to Alaska[60].
Range E. Asia to North-western N. America.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Artemisia tilesii Wormwood, Tilesius


Artemisia tilesii Wormwood, Tilesius

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Artemisia tilesii is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft). 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 and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

A. unalaskensis. Rydb.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Condiment.

The leaves are used for flavouring rice dumplings[177]. The raw shoots are peeled and eaten, usually with oil[257].

Medicinal Uses



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Analgesic;  Antirheumatic;  Antitumor;  Disinfectant;  Haemostatic;  Laxative;  Poultice;  Skin;  
Stomachic;  Tonic.

The plant is antirheumatic, antitumor, disinfectant, febrifuge, haemostatic, laxative and tonic[257]. It is used in the treatment of cancer and to prevent infections in wounds etc[257]. An infusion of the leaves and flowering tops is used as a laxative and to treat stomach aches[257]. An infusion is used internally to treat rheumatism and is also applied externally to swollen joints[257]. A poultice of the leaves is applied to skin infections and to cuts to stop the bleeding[257]. A decoction is used as an eyewash[257]. The plant has properties similar to codeine[238]. The report does not specify which part of the plant is used[K]. Codeine is used as a painkiller.

Other Uses

Disinfectant;  Incense.

The freshly crushed leaves can be rubbed on the hands to remove odours[257]. The plant is used as an incense and deodorant in the home[257].

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Easily grown in a well-drained circumneutral or slightly alkaline loamy soil, preferring a warm sunny dry 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, making sure that the compost does not dry out[200]. 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[200]. 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.

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

[email protected]   Sat Sep 30 2006

Wormwood is Artemisia absinthium, why this plant is called wormwood?

Ken Fern, PFAF.   Sat Oct 28 2006

Common names can be very confusing, which is why we always use the botanical name when referring to a plant. The same common name can sometimes be used for a number of quite unrelated plants. In this case, A. tilesii is related to the plant people more commonly think of as wormwood (A. absinthum)and has some similar uses.

Jan Flora   Fri Apr 25 2008

In Alaska, we call this plant "Arctic wormwood," although it's commonly known as stinkweed here. It's very aromatic. It's a widely-used medicinal. It grows all over Alaska. (I've never seen a plant rated "to Zone 0" before, but this would be the one.)

Janice   Mon Oct 19 2009

I am doing a report on this and these facts are great:)

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