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Scientific Name: Artemisia abrotanum
Alternative Names: Aweruit (Afr), Lad's Love,Old Man.

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Artemisia abrotanum
Artemisia abrotanum


  • Perennial
  • Southernwood is native to S Europe.
  • It is a semi-evergeen subshrub with pungently aromatic, grey-green, pinnately divided leaves about 5cm. long.
  • Tiny, dull yellow flowers are borne in dense panicles in late summer.
  • Flowering does not occur in cool summers.
  • Southernwood is fully hardy and needs well-drained neutral to slightly alkaline soil in sun.

Parts Used

  • Leaves and sprigs

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Anti-microbial properties
  • Treat menstrual disorders
  • Anthelmintic - expel worms
  • Antiseptic - wash wounds
  • Bitter tonic: coughs, bronchitis, catarrh, mucus, congestion
  • Traditional remedy to stimulate hair growth
  • Ease pain, disperse swelling
  • Stop progress of gangrenes

Other Uses

  • The leaves are used in sachets and powders to repel moths and fleas.
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