Wormwood

Absinthium

Compositae Artemisia absinthium L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The plant is a spreading perennial herb, hardy in northern states of the U.S., and grown commercially in Michigan and Wisconsin. The top, grown from overwintering roots, attains a height of 2 to 4 feet, and is much branched. Leaves are parted into 2 to 3 long lobes and pubescent. Flower heads are small and numerous. Tops and leaves are gathered in midsummer, dried. The extract was formerly much used in medicine and in liquors. At present, its use is mainly as the principal ingredient in absinthe, in which it is combined with other aromatic oils.


Season, start of growth to harvest: About 3 months.

Production in U.S.: 205 acres reported, 1959 census.

Use: Extracted for oil.

Part of plant used: Leaves, stems, flower heads.


Last update June 26, 1996 bha