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Glacier Wormwood (Artemisia glacialis)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Glacier Wormwood
Artemisia glacialis

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    Glacier wormwood has similar medicinal properties to common wormwood, A, absinthum[7]. It is used locally where it grows wild. The whole plant is digestive, expectorant, sedative and stomachic[7]. An infusion of the herb has a marked effect upon mountain sickness[7]. A poultice of the plant is used as a first-aid remedy in the treatment of wounds[7].

  • Edible Use

    The herb is used as a flavouring in vermouth and liqueurs[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 very well-drained light or medium soil and a sunny position[190]. Very intolerant of winter wet[190]. Established plants are drought tolerant[190]. Plants are longer lived, more hardy and more aromatic when they are grown in a poor dry soil[245]. Indiscriminate collection of this plant from the wild has made it an endangered species[7]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
C. Europe.

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