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Scientific Name: Artemisia ludoviciana
Alternative Names: Western mugwort, White prairy sage

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Artemisia ludoviciana


  • Perennial
  • Louisiana Wormwood is native to western N America and Mexico.
  • It is a fully hardy, clump-forming, rhizomatous plant with silver-green lanceolate leaves which are toothed or divided lower down the stem.
  • Tiny brownish-yellow flowers are borne in white-woolly panicles in summer and autumn.
  • Louisiana Wormwood is drought tolerant and needs well-drained neutral to slightly alkaline soil in sun.
  • In spring - cut back to near ground level if it look shrubby, or remove dead stems and trim to shape.

Culinary Uses

  • The leaves and flower heads are used for tea and flavoring - especially in sauces, game and pork.

Parts Used

  • The leaves and flowering tops.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Louisiana Wormwood is an aromatic antiseptic herb.
  • Native N Americans used it internally as medicine for tonsillitis and sore throats.
  • Externally for slow-healing sores, and as insence for ritual purification.
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