Herb latin name: Artemisia scoparia

Synonyms: Acapillaris scoparia

Family: Compositae

Medicinal use of Artemisia scoparia:

The plant is anticholesterolemic, antipyretic, antiseptic, cholagogue, diuretic and vasodilator. It has an antibacterial action, inhibiting the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, streptococci, Bacillus dysenteriae, B. typhi, B. subtilis, Pneumococci, C. diphtheriae, mycobacterium etc. It is used in the treatment of jaundice, hepatitis and inflammation of the gall bladder. The plant is also used in a mixture with other herbs as a cholagogue.

Description of the plant:


60 cm
(2 feet)


Habitat of the herb:

Waste ground in C. Japan.

Edible parts of Artemisia scoparia:

Young leaves - cooked.

Other uses of the herb:

The seed and flowering stems contain 0.75% essential oil.

Propagation of Artemisia scoparia:

Seed - sow late spring in a cold frame. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.

Cultivation of the herb:

Waste ground in C. Japan.

Known hazards of Artemisia scoparia:

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.