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What is wormwood?

Learn what wormwood is where it comes from.

An example of the plant, wormwood. [©Shutterstock, 2010]
©Shutterstock, 2010
An example of the plant, wormwood.

Artemisia absinthium, known as wormwood, is a hardy, spreading and fragrant perennial, two to four feet (61-122 centimeters) tall.

It is native to Europe but widely naturalized in North America. The liqueur absinthe is flavored from this plant. Absinthe was formerly used as a bitter tonic.

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