The White Wormwood


The White Wormwood
(artemisia herba alba)

The Artemisia herba alba is an perennial and evergreen herbaceous shub very commonly in the Jordanian deserts and especially in the Eastern desert. (It is to be distinguished from the Artemisia alba that is different).It has a characteristic smell of thymol oil and a very bitter taste. It has woody and branched stems of about...

...30 to 50 cm length. The leaves are small and silvery. The white wormwood is known by the local population to be an excellent purgative and it is used as a deworming for sheep.