Wildeals or Wormwood
Oldest and best known medicinal plant, essential oil distilled.
1m x 1m
This is an evergreen shrub that grows to 1m high to 1m wide. It is a tough and easy-to-grow species which adds texture and colour with its finely divided, silver-grey, aromatic foliage. White flowers occur in spring. The growth habit can be somewhat untidy, but it responds well to pruning. The lower branches become woody with age and the plant may need to be replaced after 3 to 4 years. It is frost and drought hardy and it requires full sun. A must for the herb garden and useful in shrub borders. It is medicinal as the roots are used to treat colds, pneumonia and intestinal worms whereas the leaves are used for various respiratory ailments, gastro intestinal complaints, gout and malaria.