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Scientific Name: Artemisia annua
Alternative Names: Sweet Annie

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Artemisia annua


  • Annual
  • Sweet Annie is found from SE Europe to Iran.
  • It is a fast-growing, giant annual with upright, often red stems and bright green, pinnately divided, saw-toothed leaves.
  • Tiny yellow flowers appear in loose panicles in summer.
  • Sweet Annie is a neat plant with handsome fragrant foliage and can be used to fill gaps in the back of a border or to provide contrast to smaller, more colourful plants.
  • It is fully hardy and needs well-drained neutral to slightly alkaline soil in sun.

Culinary Uses

  • None

Parts Used

  • Whole plant

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Anti-parasitic and antibacterial.
  • Cooling herb - used for conditions brought on by heat
  • Used as an anti-malarial for 2000 years in the East - its active ingredient, artemisinin was isolated in 1972.
  • Synthetic anti-malarials have been developed from Artemisia annua for treating drug resistant strains of malaria.
  • It can act as a preventative and will help to destroy malaria parasites, lower feverishness, headache, dizziness, tight-chested sensation and nose bleeds.
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