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Fringed Wormwood (Artemisia frigida)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Fringed Wormwood
Artemisia frigida

Both the growing and the dried plant can be used as an insect repellent[172]. The leaves can be placed on a camp fire to repel mosquitoes[257].

The aromatic leaves have been used in pillows etc as a deodorant[257].

Bunches of the soft leaves have been used as towels, toilet paper etc[257].

A green dye is obtained from the leaves[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves are stomachic, vermifuge and used in the treatment of women’s complaints[172]. The plant contains camphor, which is stimulant and antispasmodic[213]. An infusion of the leaves is used in the treatment of biliousness, indigestion, coughs and colds whilst the leaves are chewed and the juice swallowed to treat heartburn[257]. A poultice of the chewed leaves is used as a poultice to reduce swellings and the leaves are also placed in the nose to stop nosebleeds[257]. A hot poultice of the leaves has been used to treat toothache[257].

    The leaves can be used as a sanitary towel to help reduce skin irritation[257]. They are also drunk as a tea when the woman is menstruating or to treat irregular menstruation[257].

    The dried leaves are burnt in a room as a disinfectant[257].

    A decoction of the root is used as a stimulant and tonic[257].

  • Edible Use

    The leaves are used by the Hopi Indians as a flavouring for sweet corn[61, 172, 177, 183, 257].

  • 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 in a very free-draining soil, but make sure that the compost does not dry out. The seed usually germinates within 1 – 2 weeks in a warm greenhouse. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Division in spring or autumn[200].
Requires a sunny position and a well-drained soil that is not too rich[1, 200]. Requires a lime-free soil. Established plants are very drought tolerant[200]. Plants are longer lived, more hardy and more aromatic when they are grown in a poor dry soil[245]. A very ornamental plant[1]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
N. America – Minnesota to Saskatchewan, Yukon, Texas and Arizona. N. Asia.

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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.