Absinthe Wormwood (artemisia absinthium), with its classic silver-green foliage and nodding yellow flowers, genuine wormwood is a worthy garden plant. It thrives on dry edges and in the full sun.
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The plant's characteristic odor can make it useful for making a plant spray against pests. It is used in companion planting to suppress weeds because its roots secrete substances that inhibit the growth of surrounding plants. It can repel insect larvae when planted on the edge of the cultivated area. It is useful in repelling fleas and moths indoors. It is an ingredient in the spirit absinthe and also used for flavoring in some other spirits and wines, including bitters, vermouth, and pelinkovac.
Wormwood flowers and leaves, when added to sachets, can be used for protection. Lightly cover several tablespoons of dried leaves and flowers in a jar and seal it. Allow it to steep for several weeks in a cool place, then strain and use as an anointing oil for divination.
Folklore indicates that this plant can be used in love magick, exampled in this old charm:
'On St. Luke's Day, take marigold flowers, a sprig of marjoram, thyme, and a little Wormwood; dry them before a fire, rub them to powder; then sift it through a fine piece of lawn, and simmer it over a slow fire, adding a small quantity of virgin honey, and vinegar. Anoint yourself with this when you go to bed, saying the following lines three times, and you will dream of your partner "that is to be":
"St. Luke, St. Luke, be kind to me,
In dreams, let me my true-love see." '
Cultivation: Hardy in zones 4-9. The plant can easily be cultivated in dry soil. It should be planted under bright exposure in fertile, mid-weight soil. It prefers soil rich in nitrogen. It can be propagated by growth (ripened cuttings are taken in March or October in temperate climates) or by seeds in nursery beds. It is naturalized in some areas away from its native range, including much of North America.
Packet of 200 organic Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) seeds.