Species: Artemisia annua
Common names: Sweet Annie, Sweet Wormwood, Sweet Sagewort, Annual Wormwood
History/Folklore: Sweet Annie is a annual herb that is native to Asia. It is widespread throughout Europe and North America. It has been utilized for over 1500 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine as treatment for fevers. Sweet Annie’s main active ingredient, artemisinin, has been used effectively as a treatment for malaria. The most common use of Sweet Annie, in the USA, is as an aromatic addition to dried arrangements and wreaths. It is also used as a deterrent to insects.
Appearance: Single stemmed with alternating branches and leaves. The leaves are fern like with a sweet camphor-like smell. The flowers, which are small and yellow, appear between July and October. Sweet Annie can reach a height of 5-6 feet.
Parts Used: Leaves stem and flowers
Cut after flowers appear. Can be used fresh or dried.
Indications: Has been used to reduce fever.
Counterindications: Avoid during pregnancy.
Cultivation: By seed.
Plant Type: Annual, Herb