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Mugwort - Artemisia arborescens

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GeneralitŠ°

Artemisia arborescens is a medium-sized, evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean area; reaches 90-100 cm in height. The foliage is finely engraved, gray-green in color, soft to the touch, reminiscent of lavender, and highly aromatic if wrinkled. The shrub is rounded, very branched, with numerous erect stems; at the apex of the branches, in spring, small yellow flowers bloom. After flowering it is good to practice a good pruning, especially shortening the branches that have bloomed, to maintain a dense and compact shrub. There are varieties on the market with compact development, and also some that do not produce flowers. The flowers are scarcely decorative, while the foliage is very particular and showy, and remains pleasant all year round. The flowers are used in herbal medicine, the foliage is edible, with a pungent and aromatic flavor.


Exposure

Artemisia arborescens plants prefer well-sunny positions, but they can bear short periods of semi-shading. These plants are moderately rustic and can also develop with temperatures reaching -4 ° C. They do not fear the cold and can endure short frosts; in case of intense frost it can happen that the apex of the branches is ruined, in this case after the winter, in the spring period a pruning is carried out which is used for the removal of the damaged stems.

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