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Artemisia lactiflora - Wall. ex DC.

Common Name White Mugwort
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards The plant might be poisonous in large doses[21]. Skin contact can cause dermatitis in some people[222].
Habitats Forest margins, shrublands, canyons, slopes, roadsides, river banks and thickets from low elevations to 3000 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - China.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Artemisia lactiflora White Mugwort


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Artemisia lactiflora White Mugwort

 

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Summary

Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Early fall, Late summer. Form: Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Artemisia lactiflora is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a slow rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 4. It is in flower from August to October, and the seeds ripen from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Emmenagogue  Tonic

White mugwort is a bitter aromatic tonic herb. The leaves and flowering stems are used internally in traditional Chinese medicine to treat menstrual and liver disorders[238].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Seashore, Woodland garden. Easily grown in a well-drained circumneutral or slightly acid loamy soil, preferring a sunny position and a moisture-retentive soil[200]. Plants are tolerant of light shade[200]. Plants are longer lived, more hardy and more aromatic when they are grown in a poor dry soil[245]. There are some named varieties selected for their ornamental value[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233]. Special Features:Suitable for dried flowers.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - surface sow from late winter to early summer in a greenhouse, making sure that the compost does not dry out[200]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Division in spring or autumn. Basal cuttings in late spring. Harvest the young shoots when about10 - 15cm long, pot up in a lightly shaded position in a greenhouse or cold frame and plant them out when well rooted. Very easy.

Other Names

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TEMPERATE ASIA: China (s., c., & w.), Taiwan TROPICAL ASIA: Indochina, Thailand, Indonesia

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Botanical References

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Readers comment

   Feb 11 2016 12:00AM

We've got this growing at home at a cooking green. It has never flowered and is usually purple. I had presumed it was umbelliferous family until it was identified from the Chinese name meaning pearl-plant. (It is not unlike eating celery leaves.) We got it from Chinese-born community gardeners who eat it. The World Vegetable Center says: "Leaves and tender stems are eaten boiled or stir-fried, or in soups."

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