Artemisia Afra

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African Wormwood

With the scientific name of Artemisia Afra, also knonw by the following names: Wilde Als (Afr), Umhlonyane (Zu), Lengana (Sotho).

Wormwood (Artemisia Afra ) is a perennial that is native to Europe and parts of Africa and Asia but now grows wild in the United States. It is extensively cultivated. Also called shrub wormwood, Artemisia Afra is a member of the daisy or Asteraceae family. Many species of the genus Artemisia have medicinal properties.

Wormwood grows alongside roads or paths. This shrubby plant is 1-3 ft (0.3-0.9 m) tall and has gray-green or white stems covered with fine hairs. The yellowish-green leaves are hairy and silky and have glands that contain resinous particles where the natural insecticide is stored. Wormwood releases an aromatic odor and has a spicy, bitter taste.

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