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Common Name: Wormwood, Sagebrush
Botanical Name: Artemesia spp. (ar-te-MIZ-ee-a)
Decorative Life: 4-10 days.
Post Harvest Care
- Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food solution.
- Keep solution clean.
- Member of the Asteraceae or Compositae (aster or sunflower) family.
- Native to the Northern hemisphere, mostly arid regions.
- Related species include chrysanthemum, sunflower, daisy, gerbera.
- Foliage usually silver gray or woolly looking.
- Flowers small, mostly yellow or white.
- Classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
- Foliage aromatic, may be overpowering.
Flower Color: Yellow or white.
Storage Specifics: While specific data are lacking, most likely this species would store well at 32 to 36F.
- This genus includes many species that are useful as ornamentals and herbs, including French tarragon (A. dracunculus), dusty miller (A. stellerana) and Sweet Annie (A. annua).
- In mythology, Artemesia was the wife of Mausolus.
- Sweet Annie is used in everlasting arrangements and wreaths but some people cannot tolerate the intense fragrance.
- Foliage can be used fresh or dried. As a fresh product, flowers and/or foliage can be used.
- The Compositae or aster family is vast, with over 20,000 species, and is also one of the most developed families. It was named Compositae because the flowers are actually a "composite" of many individual flowers into one head. Hence, when children pull one "petal" off at a time, saying "she/he loves me, loves me not", they are actually removing a complete flower, not just a petal.
Recent Findings: Gast (2000) noted that wilting is the most common reason vaselife ended and that flower food greatly extends vaselife compared to plain water.