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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 3 feet (90-120 cm)
Plant Spread: 3 feet (60 cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger


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Bitter herbs (also known as bitters) have been used for thousands of years. They are frequently used in cooking, in herbal and alternative medicine, and in the religious ceremonies of numerous cultures around the world. These herbs can be powerful enough to cause physiological reactions within the body. So, what are the bitter herbs?

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Oct 31, 2013 9:35 AM

This is a very strong pungent form of wormwood, used in the making of absinthe. Absinthe spirits were banned in the U.S. and much of Europe in the early 1900s due to their reputedly addictive psychoactive properties. These properties were later found to be exaggerated. A traditional way to prepare absinthe is to place a sugar cube on a slotted spoon over a measure of absinthe, and to pour ice water over the sugar to your taste.

This is one of the more rangy forms of artemisia. Mine grew well over 6' tall in a loose vase form and would have liked about 6' diameter to sprawl. I didn't give it this much thought and it was crowded looking. It would be a very nice background statement in a larger bed, soft greyish leaves.

It did not over-winter for me. I tend to struggle with anything in the artemisia family, I think they like a more alkaline soil and I live in a pretty acidic region.

Listed as a noxious invasive in Washington, Colorado, and North Dakota, so plant responsibly.

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Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on May 13, 2014 10:30 AM

Can be invasive where soil is disturbed, so check your local Ag. dept. in your area.

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Posted by Cakeholemoon (Garfield, WA - Zone 6a) on Feb 21, 2018 10:21 PM

This plant has invaded part of my land, which is an old abandoned railroad bed in eastern Washington. It is hot and dry in the summer and cold and wet in the winter. I have cows and horses in this area, which probably helps this Artemisia to spread and flourish because the animals keep the grass competition down. I have distilled this plant just because I like to make my own essential oils. The oil is a very dark green and has a very strong odor.

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