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Toxic parts

Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, skin contact with some members of this genus can cause dermatitis or other allergic reactions in some people[1].

Edible uses


Young plants - cooked in the spring[2][3]. They are also used as a flavouring for tea[2].


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Material uses

The plant is burnt to repel insects[3].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The whole plant is depurative, febrifuge, stomachic, tonic and vermifuge[4][5][6]. It contains abrotanine which is antiphlogistic and antifebrile[7]. The plant is said to prevent malaria, or to drive away mosquitoes[6]. It inhibits the maturation of malaria parasites in the body[5]. It is also used in the treatment of low-grade fevers, tidal fever, summer heat stroke, chronic diarrhoea, phthisis, purulent scabies and intestinal troubles[5][8].

A decction of the root is used in the treatment of asthma[9].

This plant can be used interchangeably with Artemisia annua[10]. The medicinal virtues of that plant are as follows:- Qing Ho, better known in the West as sweet wormwood, is a traditional Chinese herbal medicine. An aromatic anti-bacterial plant, recent research has shown that it destroys malarial parasites, lowers fevers and checks bleeding[11][10]. It is often used in the Tropics as an affordable and effective anti-malarial[10]. The leaves are antiperiodic, antiseptic, digestive, febrifuge[5][3]. An infusion of the leaves is used internally to treat fevers, colds, diarrhoea etc[1][10]. Externally, the leaves are poulticed onto nose bleeds, boils and abscesses[1][11]. The leaves are harvested in the summer, before the plant comes into flower, and are dried for later use[10]. The plant contains artemisinin, this substance has proved to be a dramatically effective anti-malarial[6][11][10]. Clinical trials have shown it to be 90% effective and more successful than standard drugs[10]. In a trial of 2000 patients, all were cured of the disease[6].

The seeds are used in the treatment of flatulence, indigestion and night sweats[1].


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

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Seed - surface sow from late winter to early summer in a greenhouse[12]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame.

Division in spring or autumn.

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We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.

Easily grown in a well-drained circumneutral or slightly alkaline loamy soil, preferring a sunny position[13][12]. Established plants are drought tolerant[12]. Plants are longer lived, more hardy and more aromatic when they are grown in a poor dry soil[14].

Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[15].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Artemisia caruifolia
Imported References
Edible uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
1 x meters
Flower Colour
Flower Type


  1. ? Foster. S. & Duke. J. A. A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants. Eastern and Central N. America. Houghton Mifflin Co. ISBN 0395467225 (1990-00-00)
  2. ? Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
  3. ? Stuart. Rev. G. A. Chinese Materia Medica. Taipei. Southern Materials Centre ()
  4. ? 4.04.1 ? A Barefoot Doctors Manual. Running Press ISBN 0-914294-92-X ()
  5. ? Yeung. Him-Che. Handbook of Chinese Herbs and Formulas. Institute of Chinese Medicine, Los Angeles (1985-00-00)
  6. ? Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (1985-00-00)
  7. ? [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)
  8. ? 8.08.1 Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C. Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement). Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. (1986-00-00)
  9. ? 9.09.1 Manandhar. N. P. Plants and People of Nepal Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-527-6 (2002-00-00)
  10. ? Chevallier. A. The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants Dorling Kindersley. London ISBN 9-780751-303148 (1996-00-00)
  11. ? Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 0-7513-020-31 (1995-00-00)
  12. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  13. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  14. ? Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)
  15. ? Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants J. M. Dent & Sons, London. ISBN 0 460 86048 8 (1990-00-00)

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