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Herb | Plant Lexica


  • Botanical: Artemisia vulgaris
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Known as: Mugwort, Wormwood, Common Wormwood, Mugwurz, Buckell, Jungfernkraut, Gänsekraut, Wilder Wermut, Sonnwendgürtel
  • Old Use: culinary and medicinal use
  • Aroma: earthy, herbaceius, spicy, woody


Artemisia vulgaris (mugwort or common wormwood) is one of several species in the genus Artemisia commonly known as mugwort. It is a tall herbaceous perennial plant growing 1–2 m (rarely 2.5 m) tall, with a woody root. The leaves are 5–20 cm long, dark green, pinnate, with dense white tomentose hairs on the underside. The erect stem often has a red-purplish tinge. The rather small flowers (5 mm long) are radially symmetrical with many yellow or dark red petals. The narrow and numerous capitula (flower heads) spread out in racemose panicles.

  • Botanical: Achillea millefolium
  • Family: Asteroideae
  • Known as: Common Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, Schafgarbe, Bauchwehkraut, Blutkraut, Blutstillkraut, Frauenkraut, Frauendank, Gotteshand, Grillengras, Katzenkraut, Margaretenkraut, Katzenschwanz, Lämmerzunge, Schafrippen, Schafzunge, Tausendblatt
  • Old Use: culinary; medicinal
  • Aroma: herbaceius, spicy, sweet


The stem is angular and rough, the leaves alternate, 3 to 4 inches long and 1 inch broad, clasping the stem at the base, bipinnatifid, the segments very finely cut, giving the leaves a feathery appearance.

It flowers from June to September, the flowers, white or pale lilac, being like minute daisies, in flattened, terminal, loose heads, or cymes. The whole plant is more or less hairy, with white, silky appressed hairs.

  • Botanical: Curcuma zedoaria
  • Family: Zingiberaceae
  • Known as: Zedoary, Curcuma zedoaria, Giftheil, Zitwer
  • Old Use: culinary, medicinal uses


Curcuma zedoaria, also known as Zedoary, is an herb that grows up to 1.2 m in height. This plant has both vertical aerial stems (pseudostems) and horizontal underground stems known as rhizomes, which allow the plant to spread so this species often grows in large clumps.
The swollen underground stems are yellow or orange colored inside and are aromatic when crushed. The leaves of Zedoary are oblong and can be up to 81 cm long and 18 cm wide. This species can be recognized by the presence of a purplish hue along the midvein of the leafblades.

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