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Botanical Name: Artemisia herba-alba
Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Part Typically Used: Whole Herb
Color: Dark green, or sometimes blue in colour
Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong odour and bitter, acrid taste.
Artemisia Herba-Alba, also known as white Wormwood, is a perennial shrub in the genus Artemisia that grows commonly on the steppes of the Mediterranean regions in Northern Africa, Western Asia and Southwestern Europe, and in the Arabian Peninsula and Saharan Maghreb xeric steppes.
There are many different species of Artemisia (200 - 400), the most commonly known are Mugwort, Sagebrush, Wormwood, Tarragon. Artemisias belong to the family Asteraceae, as does Chamomile, Tansy and other plants.
It is also known as Desert Wormwood. The name Artemisia comes from the Greek Artemis, the goddess of hunting and the moon.