Herb: Alpine Wormwood

Latin name: Artemisia umbelliformis

Synonyms: Artemisia laxa

Family: Compositae

Edible parts of Alpine Wormwood:

The herb is used in the preparation of a tea and a liqueur, often with the addition of absinthe. The leaves are used as a condiment.

Description of the plant:


20 cm
(7 3/4 inch)


Habitat of the herb:

Mountain rocks, moraines and river gravels.

Propagation of Alpine 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:

Mountain rocks, moraines and river gravels.

Medicinal use of Alpine Wormwood:

None known

Known hazards of Artemisia umbelliformis:

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.