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Wormoood (Artemisia absinthium) live plant

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Artemisia absinthium aka Wormwood. It is a species of Artemisia, native to Eurasia and Northern Africa. Wormwood is grown as an ornamental plant and is used as an ingredient in the spirit absinthe as well as some other alcoholic drinks.
Our Wormwood has been seed grown in the Cornish sunshine and fills the greenhouse with a beautiful zesty smell.
Plants are 4-8" tall and shipped in protective plastic packs for their safety in the post.

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Artemisia absinthium Wormwood is a silvery-green perennial herb growing up to 1.5 meters tall which contains the volatile oil thujone. Wormwood is native to Europe and the British Isles. The herb also grows wild in central Asia and the eastern United States. It is cultivated in many of the temperate regions of the world. Wormwood repels insects and when used as one of the medicinal herbs. As the name suggests, wormwood expels intestinal worms. Ancient Egyptians used it especially to expel round worms and threadworms. Along with other herbs and spices it is added to distilled ethanol to create absinthe. Its effects alone are not well understood. The foliage of Artemisia absinthium is extremely pungent. It produces a sharp almost citrus smell. Extracts of wormwood or wormwood tea have been used to make compresses which are helpful in treating irritations, sprains and bruises. When wormwood plants are in full bloom in July and August, the leaves and flower heads may be harvested and dried for later use. In the today's practice of internal herbal medicine the medicinal use of wormwood is cautioned by most herbalists. According to some the internal use of wormwood is addictive. There is also some controversy to the opinion that too much of the wormwood herb damages the nervous system and can sometimes cause seizures.

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