Wormwood is perennial plant native to temperate areas of Eurasia and
The species of Artemisia have long been used as insecticidal plant in
Wormwood is widely found as weed in USA, Siberia and parts of roadside.
Wormwood is herbaceous perennial plant having hard rhizome. The stem of
wormwood plant is erect growing to 1.5 m tall.
The leaves are arranged spirally with upper part green and lower part
white in colour.
Leaves are covered with silver white trichomes, growing upto 25 cm long
and have bipinnate or trippinate petioles.
The flowers are pale yellow bearing in cluster in spherical bent down
Woodworm is perennial plant which is grows sometimes on uncultivated
lands, wastelands, rocky slopes and edges as weed.
It thrives in dry soil rich in nitrogen and prefers full exposure;
propagated through seeds.
Wormwood yields volatile oil which contains thujone (absinthol or
tenacetone), thujyl alcohol, cadinene, phellandrene and pinene.
Other active components are bitter glucoside absinthin, absinthic acid,
tannin, resin, starch, nitrate of potash and salts.
Artemisia vulgaris is thought to be potent herb used for various
purposes including therapeutic uses.
It is also used as insecticide because of its odour that certainly helps
keeping the pest away.
It has various other medicinal uses as tonic, antiseptic, antispasmodic,
carminative, febrifuge and anthelmintic.
It also makes a flavouring ingredient for vines and spirits.