(Artemisia japonica)

Perennial
A. mandschurica. A. subintegra. Chrysanthemum japonicum.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Artemisia japonica
Compositae

The powder of the dried plant is used as an incense[272].

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves are digestive[178]. A decoction of the leaves is said to promote a plump figure, but too much is said to be deleterious and can cause hypertension[218].

    The expressed juice of the plant is used in the treatment of vaginitis[178, 218]. It is also used to treat skin diseases[272].

    Theplant is used for making antitoxifying and antifebrile drugs[266].

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves – cooked. Used as a vegetable[218].

  • Cautionary Notes

    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].

Cultivation & Habitat

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.
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]. This species is not very hardy in the colder areas of Britain, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10¡c[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].
E. Asia – China, Japan, Korea.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.