Wormwood, Absinthe (Artemisia absinthium) seeds, organic [SD, WA no]

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Family: Aster (Asteraceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 9

(Absinthe, Grand Wormwood, Grande Wormwood, Green Ginger) With its classic silver-green foliage and nodding yellow flowers, true wormwood is a worthy garden plant and thrives on dry edges and in the full sun. This is the plant that is used for making traditional bitters, also an ingredient in absinthe.  Traditional usage (TWM): vermifuge.  Of course, unreasonably high dosage or extended use can prove toxic due to a buildup of thujone in the system.  Sow tiny seeds on surface of sandy soil. A gratifyingly easy germinator and a long-lived plant on the landscape. In the fall, cut back to just an inch or so above the old growth.

packet contains 100 seeds
1 g contains ~14,000 seeds

Certified Organically Grown, Not for sale to South Dakota or Washington state.

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  1. Question

    Mary Pniak (verified owner)

    It is normal for wormwood to grow so very slowly ( stagnation almost) ?
    Seeds terminated rather fast several weeks ago, but the seedlings still only 1 inch tall despite of receiving adequate amount of TLC. Please advice.
    Thank you,
    Mary P.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Mary,
      Perennial plants in general will seem to grow more slowly than the perhaps more familiar annuals. Sometimes it looks like a perennial is growing slowly yet its putting on significant root development, which is actually more important than aerial parts (I always see experienced horticulturalists turn over the pot to check the roots before they make decisions about how the plant is growing or what to do with it and when). Don’t know what “seeds terminated” means–oh, on second thought I get it, should be “seeds germinated.” Make sure the plants are in the sun and not overwatered.
      Richo

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  2. jasperdshide

    Wonderful Wormwood

    jasperdshide (verified owner)

    These seeds hit the ground running, and I quickly found myself in possession of too many seedlings (not the worst problem to have!). The ones I kept are happy and healthy, although they’re keen on horizontal growth unless pruned into shape.

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    Dee

    Very excited to grow this lovely! Do you direct sow? Start indoors and then plant out? Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Dee, These are indeed lovely! The seeds are very small, so direct-seeding is difficult. Better to press seed into surface of sandy soil in deep flat, tamp well and keep in the light and moist. Albeit the seed is small, they are relatively easy to start this way.
      Richo

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    • Marjorie Sampson

      Does this propagate profusely like mugwort?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Marjorie, Most of the Artemisias are reliable self-seeders and Absinthe is no exception. Mugwort tends to be more rhizomatous and Absinthe isn’t. Richo

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    • Michelle (verified owner)

      Should any bottom heat be used for these in an unheated greenhouse? I’m in zone 7B Memphis. Thanks.

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Michelle, That sounds like a great setup for starting wormwood without bottom heat. Make sure to use a sandy mix and just press seed into surface. A joyous germinator. Richo

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    • Prudence

      Is this the sweet wormwood that they are growing for a covid drug?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Prudence, I think you’re talking about Sweet Annie, Artemisia annua. You can copy that binomial and put it in our search engine to gain access to the seeds.
      Richo

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