If you enjoy the beauty of nature, you will love artemisia vulgaris. This beautiful perennial herb is a member of the plant’s family of lilies. It is found in moist tropical and subtropical climates all over the world. The plant grows best in rich soil where it receives lots of sunlight and no shade.
Artemisia vulgaris has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. In fact, it is one of the earliest recorded medicinal herbs. Artemys in Greece and Rome were used for many medical conditions including stomach pain, dysentery, bronchitis, heartburn, rheumatism, eye problems, fatigue, gout, anxiety, constipation, hemorrhoids, skin diseases, and ulcers. The main active ingredients that work as an effective treatment for these and several other ailments are as follows:
– Cinchona officinalis: This is the most commonly used ingredient in herbal medicines containing Artemenis. Its flowers are blue, purple or lavender, with several shades of lavender ranging from white to pink. It has a thick flesh and long spiky leaves. It grows in tropical and sub-tropical climates. Its medicinal uses include treating coughs and sore throats, and is particularly useful for those suffering from asthma.
– Artemisia vulgaris: This is another common herb used in many herbal medicines. It is part of the mint family, Lamiaceae. Its traditional medicinal uses include improving appetite and energy, as well as treating digestive disorders and stimulating the circulatory system. The herb is most cultivated growing in the northern part of the United States.
– Arsenicum Album: This is an interrelated species of the artemisia genus. It is commonly grown, with very good results, in Asia and Africa, for its edible foliage and roots. Its Botanical name, Artemisia bandellii, comes from the Greek words arsios meaning “not a leaf” and metric meaning “worm”. It grows well in damp fields and has been a major crop in some parts of Asia.
– Artemisia vulgaris: This common weed is a part of the mint family (Lamiaceae). It grows well in the southern United States in sandy soils along the coast and on the floodplain. The plant is a perennial herb and grows to two to three meters high, producing purple flowers. Its edible leaves have several species of the arctosanthe family (lorophytes).
– Artemisia capitolifolia: This is a rather slow growing, broadleaf, invasive weed. It is the most common species of the crabgrass family (Rheumatismae). In the southern United States it is often planted along the coastal plain and hillsides. It is highly resistant to salt spray and succulent lawn grasses. The crabgrass’ edible roots can be harvested by hand or with hoes.
– Artemisia vulgaris: This is the common mugwort (Anethum graveolens) that is most often confused with the daisy family (Acorus calamus). It is a native plant of North America and is commonly planted in the wetlands around the coast. This perennial vine spreads over a wide area of about fifteen to twenty square miles (eight to ten acres) in a landscape that is carpeted with white to purple blossoms. The plant is widely distributed in the southern U.S., as well as Central America and the Caribbean. It is highly resistant to several kinds of herbicides, and is an excellent companion plant for many traditional gardens.
– Artemisia rhizome (Artemisia vulgaris): This plant is a composite species between the true mugwort and the daisy family (Acorus calamus). It has large, star-shaped blooms and dark purple-black flowers. These flowers look like those of the nightshade family. This species of mugwort is a common weed found throughout most of the western U.S., from the Pacific Northwest to the Mississippi River. This plant is susceptible to being introduced into other areas due to its fast growth rate, so it is removed from roadsides before it spreads to new regions. Many people believe this plant is a better weed than the daisy.
– Old Uncle Jim: A wild perennial Old Uncle Jim is not part of the plant family of the chrysanthemum, but is rather a separate herb. It was common in wetland areas before the chrysanthemum was around. The herb’s blue-green foliage looks similar to the common blue starflower, and many times has been confused with the same herb.
– Artemisia vulgaris: This is one of the two main species of artemisia, which are used for tea or other culinary uses. The other, known as “wild wormwood,” is a wild perennial weed found throughout most of the U.S. It is commonly used as a garden mulch. It grows up to three to four inches tall and has gray to white hairs growing on it. It is the fastest growing plant of the three, which is why it is commonly used as a cut flower and a culinary herb.