I purchased this Artemisia plant a few years ago from a delightful man at the farmer’s market. He spoke very little English and couldn’t tell me the name of the plant–only that in Mexico (where he is from) they use it as a tea for stomach trouble. The Artemisia family is so rambling that I’m having trouble deciding just which one it is–and now I’m beginning to wonder, is positive identification possible? But here are some photos at various stages of growth.
This is what the plant looks like in my yard right now. It will get MUCH bigger, very soon.
This picture was taken June 15 of last year:
As you can see, the older leaves aren’t nearly as divided as the younger. And finally, this picture was taken in mid to late September, when the plant was in full bloom and about 7 feet tall:
Sorry for the poor quality.
My closest guess right now is that it’s a form of Artemisa ludoviciana, a plant that is apparently deeply valued in the Southwest of the U.S. and in Mexico, but I’m not very confident in my guess. Any takers?
I especially want to know if the plant is safe to burn for smudging purposes. It has a very sage-brushy smell, but I know some Artemisia’s can be a bit much when burned and I don’t want to make myself or anyone else ill. And while I COULD experiment on myself, I’d still like to know what it is.