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African Wormwood

Artemisia afra

Artemisia afra by Stephen Barstow (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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African Wormwood Overview

African wormwood is an easy to grow perennial plant with attractive silver-grey foliage. The plant is used extensively as a medicinal plant in Southern Africa. The plants release a strong, sticky sweet smell when touched or cut. It is popular as dewormer that leads to the common name and is widely used medicinally, even for malaria.

Common problems with African Wormwood

No serious pests or diseases have been recorded.

    How to harvest African Wormwood

    Leaves can be harvested twice in one season, in midsummer and late summer or early autumn or pick as needed. When harvesting for essential oil - cut off the upper green foliage or the flower tops which have a higher oil yield and superior quality. Harvest from beginning to mid-flowering time.

    How to propagate African Wormwood


    Root or stem cuttings root easily in Spring and Summer. Take 10 cm cuttings, trim off excess leaves at the base and plant cuttings half of the length into a prepared tray or seedbed and keep moist.


    Direct sow seeds 5 mm deep in spring or summer.

    Special features of African Wormwood

    Repels harmful insects

    Can be used in insect-repelling sprays and teas to repel fleas, moths and ants. Leaves placed near brassicas will deter caterpillars.

    Drought resistant

    African Wormwood is relatively drought tolerant.

    Attractive flowers

    Other uses of African Wormwood


    Insect repellent

    Other uses



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