About Beach Wormwood: A hardy plant, Beach Wormwood thrives in sand dunes, beaches, and dry prairie soil. Its genus name, Artemisia, comes from the Greek legend of Artemis, who so appreciated the virtues of this family of plants that she endowed it with her own name. Native Americans have made extensive use of the entire plant, using it for medicinal purposes ranging from the common cold to tuberculosis. The leaves are thought to contain a small amount of the substance known as thujone, which has healing properties when applied topically. The foliage of this plant also provides fodder for small animals and birds.
Beach Wormwood Germination: This plant thrives in full sun and dry, sandy soil. Direct sow on the surface of the soil in late fall or early spring, and thin or transplant the seedlings to 24-36” apart. To start the seed indoors, sow on the surface of a flat; keep the soil lightly moist and at a temperature of 65-70 degrees F until germination. Transplant the seedlings 24-36” apart as soon as they grow big enough to handle safely.
Growing Beach Wormwood Seeds: These plants do not need watering, since they tolerate drought well. They are short-lived perennials, but their life can be prolonged by removing the stalks as soon as they begin to flower. These plants easily reseed themselves, and can also be divided. Beach wormwood attracts bees and butterflies, especially the American Painted Lady.
Harvesting Beach Wormwood: Beach wormwood can be poisonous in large doses, and should be used with care.
Saving Beach Wormwood Seeds: As soon as the round flowers begin to turn brown, the seed will develop. Shake the entire stalk over a container to remove the ripe seed; the process may have to be repeated as more seed ripens. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Beach Wormwood Info: Origin: US Native Other Common Names: Field Sagewort, Wild Wormwood, Threadleaf Sagewort, Beach Silvermound Duration: Perennial Bloom Time: Fall Height: 24-48 inches Spacing: 24-36 inches Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Dry USDA Zone: 5b-9b Seeds Per Oz: 250,000 Produces a brown stalk with feathery, blade-like green foliage and abundant ?” round green buds.