Roman Wormwood (Ambrosia artemesiifolia)

Annual
A. elatior.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Roman Wormwood
Ambrosia artemesiifolia
Compositae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves are very astringent, emetic and febrifuge[222, 257]. They are applied externally to insect bites, rheumatic joints and various skin complaints, internally they are used as a tea in the treatment of fevers, pneumonia, nausea, intestinal cramps, diarrhoea and mucous discharges[222, 257].

    Juice from the wilted leaves is disinfectant and is applied to infected toes[257].

    A tea made from the roots is used in the treatment of menstrual disorders and stroke[222].

    The pollen is harvested commercially and manufactured into pharmaceutical preparations for the treatment of allergies to the plant[222].

  • Edible Use

    An oil is obtained from the seed. It has been suggested for edible purposes because it contains little linolenic acid[61, 183]. The seed contains up to 19% oil[61], it has slightly better drying properties than soya bean oil[183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    The pollen of this plant is a major cause of hayfever in N. America[207, 222]. Ingesting or touching the plant can cause allergic reactions in some people[222].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have no details for this species but suggest sowing the seed in situ in April.
We have very little information on this species but suggest growing it in a sunny position in a well-drained soil. It has been suggested for commercial cultivation[61]. Some plants produce mainly sterile heads[60]. The pollen from the flowers of this species is an important cause of hay-fever in N. America[17].
N. America – British Columbia to Nova Scotia and Florida. Locally established casual in Britain[17].

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