2014 Herb of the Year: Artemisia

The International Herb Association celebrates Artemisia spp. 2014 Herb of the Year™!

The International Herb Association has chosen the genus Artemisia to highlight in its latest Herb of the Year™. This diverse herb family contains many strikingly different plants, from the highly decorative Artemisia ludoviciana ‘Silver King’ to the delicious and tender French tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus ‘Sativa’). Artemisia has a long history, prominent in folklore, its virtues used in numerous ways: to protect and heal, create tasty beverages and foods, decorate the home and work its magical properties.

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Artemisia /ar-tem-EE-zsah / is a large, diverse genus of plants with between 200 and 400 species belonging to the daisy family Asteraceae. Common names for various species in the genus include mugwort, wormwood, and sagebrush. Artemisia comprises hardy herbaceous plants and shrubs, which are known for the powerful chemical constituents in their essential oils. Artemisia species grow in temperate climates of both hemispheres, usually in dry or semiarid habitats. Notable species include A. vulgaris (common mugwort), A. tridentata (big sagebrush), A. annua (sagewort), A. absinthum (wormwood), A. dracunculus (tarragon), and A. abrotanum (southernwood). The leaves of many species are covered with white hairs. Learn more about Artemisia (genus) here.

Consider adding a few Artemisia plants [both decorative and culinary] to your garden this year!

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