Pests Addressed

Absinthe Wormwood

Originally from Eurasia, it is a perennial with a strong pungent sage-like odor. It forms a shrub and the new growth emerges from an existing crown each spring. Often found in pastures or roadsides, it can be a difficult and troublesome pest.


Leaves: Seedling leaves are silvery and hairy on both surfaces. In established plants the lower leaves are covered with silky hair appearing a grey-green color. Leaf margins are deeply divided into oblong and blunt or rounded leaf tips. Stem: When established it is a hairy, tall and erect plant about 0.7 to 1.2 meters high with a woody base. Flowers: Numerous small, yellow flowers in leaf axils of the upper branches. Roots: Tap root
- Absinth’s strong aromatic odors can taint milk or cause rejection of contaminated grain. - Its wind borne pollen can cause hay fever. - It was believed to have mystical powers in the 16th Century and its volatile oils are toxic at higher levels. - Absinth is used in the preparation of vermouth.

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