Wormwood is a wide spreading, woody perennial growing to 5 feet tall. Leaves are silver-gray and fern-like with a citrusy fragrance and tiny yellow flowers appear in summer. Fresh and dried sprigs are used as a moth repellent and for wreaths and arrangements. Wormwood has a long history of medicinal use as a treatment for worms, and known for its use in the spirit absinthe. Can be invasive, cut back flowers before they go to seed. Prohibited in Colorado.
Perennial, zone 4-8
Germination: 10-30 days
Seed Planting Depth: on surface
Starting Indoors/Outdoors: Start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. Provide 70-75 degree soil temperature.Transplant 12" apart. Sow outdoors in spring 1-2 weeks before the last frost date, or in the fall , a few seeds every 2-3", thinning to 12" apart. Self sows easily.
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Wormwood needs average, well drained soil
Uses: Dyeing, medicinal, ornamental