Common Wormwood

Piccolo

Artemisia, named after the ancient Greek goddess Artemis, is a herbaceous perennial plant with silvery-green leaves, famously known as the main ingredient of absinthe. This legendary liqueur was first created in 1792 by French doctor Pierre Ordinaire as a handy remedy form of the plant, which long had been known to have powerful healing properties. Commercial absinthe production began thanks to his son-in-law, Henry-Louis Pernod. The rest is history, and by the end of the 19th century, the bohemian literary crowd, who gathered in European cafes and claimed liqueurs as their muse and inspiration, embraced absinthe.


  • LATIN NAME
    Artemisia absinthium
    SEEDS
    800 seeds
    NAME
    Wormwood/Absinthe
    VARIETY
    Common
    SHORT DESCRIPTION
    "What is it in absinthe that makes it a separate cult?"
    PLANT SIZE
    Height 90 cm
    Width 60 cm
    CONTAINER SIZE
    Height 30 cm
    Width 30 cm
    COMPANION PLANT
    Carrots, onions, leeks
  • SOWING
    Indoor Not required
    Outdoor Apr-June
    TIMING
    Germination 7-21 days
    Harvesting 240 days
    SPACING
    When sowing 5 cm; Depth 0,5 cm
    When thinning 10 cm
    GROWING
    Sunligth Full sun to partial shade
    Soil Any well-drained soil
    Watering Regular watering, allow to dry out
    Feeding Addition of fertilizer is not necessary
    CARING
    Expert tip Wormwood is remarkable for its tolerance for poor growing conditions. Although it is not typically vulnerable to disease, keep in mind that overwatering can lead to root rot.
    SUPPORTING
    Pollinators Attracts bees and other pollinators
    Pests Tends to repel certain insect pests
  • HARVESTING
    The best time to harvest is just as the flowers are blooming, when the phytochemicals are at their highest. Choose a dry, sunny day and harvest after all morning dew has dried from the plants. Collect into small bunches and hang to dry.
    EATING
    Medicinal properties Since ancient times, wormwood has been used as a medicinal herbal remedy for countless diseases.
    How to eat Although making absinthe at home may seem a bit tricky, you can find many kits on the market that will help you turn ordinary neutral grain spirits into a delicious absinthe infusion. The blend of herbs and spices contains many ingredients, but magic Artemisia is without a doubt the one ingredient you’ll want to grow on your own.


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