Herb: Russian Wormwood
Latin name: Artemisia sacrorum
Synonyms: Artemisia gmelinii, Artemisia iwayomogi
Edible parts of Russian Wormwood:One report says that the plant is edible but gives no more details.
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Widespread throughout China on hills, waysides, shrublands, slopes (where it is often dominant on southern slopes), roadsides and forest steppe from low to middle elevations.
Propagation of Russian Wormwood:Seed - surface sow from late winter to early summer in a greenhouse, making sure that the compost does not dry out. 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. 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.
Cultivation of the herb:Widespread throughout China on hills, waysides, shrublands, slopes (where it is often dominant on southern slopes), roadsides and forest steppe from low to middle elevations.
Medicinal use of Russian Wormwood:None known
Known hazards of Artemisia sacrorum: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.