How to grow Artemisia absinthium

Artemisia absinthium grow and care – shrub‎ of the genus Artemisia also known as Common wormwood, Artemisia absinthium perennial evergreen plant also used as ornamental plant and fragrant plant, grow in mediterranean, subtropical, temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 4-10a and with the right care possible in hardiness zone 10b.

Artemisia absinthium leaves

Leaves edible in green-grey color and deeply lobed shape.

Flower color yellow, the flowers grow in the end of the branch in spherical structure.

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How to grow Artemisia absinthium growing and care:

Grow it far from other plants

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seeds (explanation bellow)/ Vegetative Reproduction – start by cutting for stems put the stem in moist soil, better peat soil but possible other soil, consider to use greenhouse or plastic box to keep high humidity, possible to put in water and switch the water every few days but might not work and other option layering – bending a branch over and covering it with soil

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but possible

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring to summer in hardiness zone 4-9, spring to early autumn in in hardiness zone 10a, autumn to early spring in hardiness zone 10b

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
Autumn to winter

How to prune:
Cut the inner branches

Size of the plant:
1-1.5 m, 40-60 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water to average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade / Full Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Yes, but require light and well ventilated air

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, start with container that bigger than the plant at least 30-50%, need to switch the soil once in a few years by new soil, better to do in the winter, wash the soil from the roots and cut the root and prune the plant, use potting mix or peat soil with perlite and mix it with hummus and organic matter, use chopped mulch to keep the soil moist, let the bottom of the pot fill in water but dry in the same day.

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Small white flower growing in the branches edges, the flowers sterile

Thinning the bloom:
If grown for the leaves recommend to thinning the flowers

Pollination is done by:

Vegetative Reproduction

Vegetative Reproduction Method:

Preferred time for vegetative reproduction:
Spring / Autumn

Time to grow roots in vegetative reproduction:
2-4 weeks

Treatment for vegetative reproduction:
Put in water, or moist soil without the leaves

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
All year

How to harvest the leaves?
Cut all the branch

Information about leaves:
Green-gray leaves in lobed shape

Uses of Artemisia absinthium leaves:
Beverage, Fragrance, Herbs, Medical use

How to grow Artemisia absinthium from seeds
Sowing requirement:
15-25C (59-77F)

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Dry, dark and cool place

Sowing season:
Spring to summer in hardiness zone 4-10a, autumn to early spring in hardiness zone 10b

Planting spacing:
30*30cm (12*12 inches)

Depth of Sowing:
0.5-1cm,(0.25-0.5 inches)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, humidity and weed free

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water, keep the soil moist and don’t let it dry

Germination time:
4-8 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Moist soil and sunny location

Scientific name:

Artemisia absinthium

How to grow Artemisia absinthium

Artemisia absinthium growing

Artemisia absinthium

Artemisia absinthium care


Blooming Seasons
  • Summer flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible leaves
Culinary uses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Beverage
  • Herbs
  • Spices
Flower colors
  • White flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
  • Winter harvest
Leaf color
  • Gray leaves
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
Plant Uses
  • Colored leaves
  • Edible plants
  • Fragrance
  • Indoor plants
  • Medical uses
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 4
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9