Herb: Biennial Wormwood

Latin name: Artemisia biennis

Family: Compositae

Medicinal use of Biennial Wormwood:

The plant as been used in the treatment of stomach cramps, colic and painful menstruation. Externally, it has been used for treating sores and wounds. The report does not specify which part of the plant is used. The seeds, mixed with molasses, have been used as a parasiticide in getting rid of worms.

Description of the plant:


100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Habitat of the herb:

Open ground, clearings, burns, roadsides and waste places.

Edible parts of Biennial Wormwood:

Seed. No further details are given, but the seed is very small and fiddly to utilize.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - surface sow spring in a greenhouse. Do not allow the compost to dry out. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer. The seed can also be sown in situ during late spring.

Cultivation of Biennial Wormwood:

Open ground, clearings, burns, roadsides and waste places.

Known hazards of Artemisia biennis:

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.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.