Wormwood Seeds – Absinthe Wormwood Herb Seed
Wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium) – Start Wormwood seeds for an attractive addition to the herb garden! It has finely-divided foliage that is gray-green in color and aromatic. In mid-summer, it produces many yellow flowers. Wormwood herb plants have a long history as a medicinal herb with use dating all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. They used Wormwood to rid the body of worms. It is still used to stimulate and aid in digestion. Other uses include being used as a moth repellant and a general pesticide. The Wormwood herb is also referred to as Grand Wormwood and Absinthe Wormwood.
It is a hardy herb plant that tolerates cold temperatures and poor soils. It thrives in partial shade during the hottest part of the day. Care must be taken to give it plenty of space from other herbs in the garden. Wormwood contains a chemical, absinthin, that can be toxic to other plants. For this reason, many herb gardeners prefer to grow it in a container. Water only when the soil has dried out. Cut back the dead foliage each spring to revive it and encourage fresh growth.
How To Grow Wormwood From Herb Seeds: Start Wormwood seeds indoors 10 to 12 weeks before time to transplant outdoors. The herb seeds can be pressed into the soil but not covered. Place the starter tray in plastic to help seal the moisture in and keep the tray in a well lit area but out of direct sunlight. Watch for seedlings to emerge and remove them from under the plastic. Grow the seedlings in a sunny window, harden the seedlings for 10 to 14 days before transplanting. Harvesting Wormwood is usually done in mid-summer. When the plants are fully flowering, pick the upper portions of the stalks. Tie the stalks together and hang them upside down in a dark well-ventilated place. When the stalks are dried, store in an air-tight container in a dark place.
500 Artemisia Absinthium Seeds – Absinthe Wormwood
USDA Zones: 3 – 8
Height: 24 – 36 inches
Bloom Season: Mid summer to early fall
Bloom Color: Yellow
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Poor, sandy, well-drained soils
Average Germ Time: 14 – 30 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Surface sow seeds
Sowing Rate: 10 – 12 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 18 – 24 inches
Absinthium, absinthe wormwood, common wormwood, green ginger or grand wormwood
Useful information about the plant
Wormwood is originally native to Asia, Europe and North Africa, and now widespread in North and South America. The genus name Artemisia reflects the name of the Greek goddess Artemis, the protectress of mothers in childbirth. The epithet “absinthium” comprises the Greek “apsinthion” (= wormwood). It is unsure, however, whether this term came from the Greek “a” (= no) and “psinthos” (= pleasure), which would be entirely justified, because the leaves are very bitter. It also remains open whether the name “wormwood” is made from “warm” or “worm” as its use as a vermifuge is in the name. The shrub of up to 1m high bears very characteristic 2 – to 3-fold pinnatipartite leaves with very narrow leaflets, densely hairy on both sides with white-silky hairs. The small, globular yellow flower heads are arranged in panicles. Flowering time is July to September. When rubbed, the herb releases a very aromatic scent through the ial oil it contains.
Medicinally used plant parts
The blossoming upper branch tips with their characteristic, very aromatic scent are used.
Wormwood Common Artemisia Absinthium Seeds
Wormwood Common Artemisia Absinthium is a herbaceous perennial herb that is native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe and Asia, but the plant has naturalized in the United States. Also commonly called Absinthe, Absinth, and Mugwort and easily grown from Wormwood seeds, Artemisia Absinthium is widely grown for its super attractive, finely-divided, aromatic, silver-green foliage that adds interesting texture and contrast to garden, and in mid summer Absinthe blooms with yellowish-gray flower heads which appear in dense, leafy, drooping panicles. Mugwort are often grown as a moth repellant and a general pesticide.
Wormwood Common makes an attractive addition to herb gardens, flower beds, borders, containers, and rock gardens, because of its silver foliage that provides excellent contrast to flowering plants. Wormwood herb plants have a long history as a medicinal herb, and it is still used to stimulate and aid in digestion. It is best to start Artemisia Absinthium seeds indoors 10-12 weeks before last frost, and it is recommended to harden the seedlings for 10 to 14 days before transplanting it outdoors. The established Wormwood is a very low maintenance plant that tolerates drought and likes to grow in poor dry soil, so water Absinth only when the soil has dried out.
Height: 24-36 Inches
Bloom Season: Summer/Fall
Environment: Sun/Partial Shade
Soil Type: Average/Poor/Sandy/Dry/Moist well-drained, pH 6.6-8.5
USDA Zones: 3-8
Sow Indoors: Winter/Spring (10-12 weeks before last frost)
Sow Outdoors: Late Summer/Fall
Seed Depth: Surface sowing – press seeds slightly into the soil
Germination Time: 14-30 Days