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Artemisia absinthium

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Artemisia, Wormwood
Categories:
Edible Plants, Herbs, Perennials, Poisonous Plants
Comment:

Bitter flavor; toxic if consumed in large quantity; was used medicinally to flavor the drink absinthe, which is illegal in many countries because of its strong hallucinogenic properties; soft gray foliage makes it a good plant for toning down brighter colored flowers; the leaves of most species are strongly scented, at times unpleasant when crushed; this plant is resistant to damage by deer

Description:
Fragrant, herbaceous perennial; leaves silvery-green, alternate, finely divided into blunt, narrow segments with silvery hairs on both sides; flowers small, drooping, greenish-yellow
Season:
Late summer
Light:
Sun
Height:
24-36 in.
Space:
5 ft.
Flower Color:
Yellow
Hardiness:
USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9
Propagation:
Seed germinate slowly; stem cuttings, division
Exposure:
Sun
Soil:
Dry
Regions:
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Origin:
Mediterranean region
Poison Part:
All parts
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion
Symptoms:
In the form of absinthe, an outlawed beverage, it can cause forgetfulness, delirium, convulsions, and brain damage
Toxic Principle:
A monoterpene thujone
Severity:
TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN.
Found in:
Weedy in disturbed areas, naturalized in waste places in northern US; landscape as cultivated ornamentals
Tags:
perennial, deer resistant

NCCES plant id: 391

Artemisia absinthium Artemisia absinthium
Artemisia absinthium inflorescence
Ettore Balocchi, CC BY - 2.0
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Artemisia absinthium Artemisia absinthium
The Weed One, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0