Artemisia afra – Plant


Indigenous to South Africa, organically grown, and locally sourced from ethical growers committed to sustainable, Nature-friendly cultivation.

Common names: African wormwood, wild wormwood (English); mhlonyane (Xhosa); mhlonyane (Zulu); lengana (Tswana); zengana, lengana (Sotho); wildeals, alsem (Afrikaans).

Botanical name: Artemisia afra

Potted into 100% recycled plastic nursery pot or bag.

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Care Summary

African wormwood enjoys full sun and heavy pruning in winter. She is fast growing, actively doing so in Summer. She can be propagated by division or from cuttings in spring and summer and seeds can be sown in spring or summer too.

She is an strongly aromatic plant with fragrant,  feathery, grey/green leaves and small pale yellow flowers. She is a wonderful plant to use in companion planting. African wormwood acts as a nursery for ladybirds. By hosting a specific black aphid, she attracts ladybirds to lay their eggs on her leaves. The nymphs eat the aphids and pupate on the plant. Adult ladybirds emerge to take care of the aphids in the rest of the garden. If you want ladybirds in your garden – you need this plant.

Plant Summary

Soft aromatic shrub is one of the most popular medicinal plants in South Africa well-known for her fragrant leaves and bitter taste. Easy to grow, Artemisia afra is an essential part of the herb garden, and with its silver-grey foliage it makes a striking display in any garden. Makes very interesting combinations of foliage and flower colour throughout the summer. Deters common garden pests. Sandy soil and full sun.


Our range of indigenous, organically-grown plants are intended as part of an integrated approach to wellbeing. Information provided is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any medical condition, nor replace prescribed medication. If on medication, pregnant, lactating, or undergoing surgery please consult your healthcare professional before using plants as food or medicine.

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