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Beach Wormwood (Artemisia stelleriana)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Beach Wormwood
Artemisia stelleriana

Plants can be grown as ground cover in a sunny position[197], they are of sprawling habit[208].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    The leaves are used for flavouring rice dumplings[177, 179, 183].

  • 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.
Requires a well-drained sandy soil and a sunny position[187]. Established plants are drought tolerant[190]. Grows well in maritime areas and in cold gardens[208, 233]. Plants are longer lived, more hardy and more aromatic when they are grown in a poor dry soil[245]. Some named forms have been selected for their ornamental value[187]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
E. Asia – Japan, Korea, Siberia. Naturalized in Britain[17].

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