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Foliage: Grown for foliage Herbaceous Blue-Green Aromatic
Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Flowers are fragrant Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Soil pH requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting: Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
On Apr 11, 2013, drawings12 from Saratoga Springs, NY wrote:
I have never seen this plant. I heard a story on the radio about it, and it is used in making drugs to treat malaria. There is a worldwide shortage of it and it is extremely valuable to drug companies who have been paying 110-550 dollars/lb. for it (dried?) They are trying to figure out how to manufacture artemisinin synthetically in labs. I was thinking maybe someone could figure out how to supply it to drug companies. I don't know where they might be, but most malaria cases are in Africa and other equatorial countries. Please read this wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_wormwood
On May 2, 2010, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:
A thoroughly lovely plant. Smells heavenly. Self-sows wherever it likes, but easy to pull out (and what a treat to release the fragrance). Thin asparagus-ferny fall plant that blends well with others. What's not to like about it?
On Sep 6, 2009, ladygardener1 from Near Lake Erie, NW, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:
If you are into fragrant plants this one is a must have. The down side is it will reseed everywhere. So if you are a neat flowerbed gardener and hate to weed this one is not for you.
However it is not that hard to pull out and thin in the spring and the smell makes the job easier.
On Sep 18, 2008, mainenewbie from Bangor, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:
A friend of mine gave me some Sweet Annie to dry in my kitchen. It smelled so wonderful and interestingly, the scent changed over time as it dried. I loved it so much she gave me some seedlings which I planted in a fairly shady bed with hostas, pachysandra, and heuchera. They really took to the spot as she said they would. Anyway, I love it and frankly if it takes over my yard the smell is worth it. Talk to me in five years though!
On Apr 16, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:
From your friends at Botanical Interests: Sweet Annie is an annual with finely cut, highly aromatic green foliage and reaches 4'-6' tall in one season! Also known as 'Sweet Wormwood', this heirloom plant is a must for anyone who loves to make wreaths, potpurri, or herbal crafts. the pleasantly scented foliage also makes a nice floral filler in vases where it is often substituted for Baby's Breath. It produces insignificant chartreuse flowers in late summer to fall which should be removed if reseeding is not desirable.
This plant grows best in full sun and is attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds.
On Sep 8, 2005, winterberry from Liberty, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:
Sweet Annie self-sows and grows abundantly in my garden. As a floral designer, I love to cut it and use it in dried wreaths, tabletop Christmas trees, etc. every year. I also love its scent and use it incorporated in bows to tie on Christmas presents or other small gifts (like bars of soap). Even though it is very invasive, I can generally use all of it, so it's worth putting up with its height and the fact that it, along with tansy, have pretty much taken over one of my gardens.
On Apr 20, 2005, hotnhumid from Searcy, AR (Zone 7a) wrote:
Yes, this plant reseeds itself profusely; it is not pretty; but the scent is wonderful. I first got this plant from a coworker in Indiana, brought it to Arkansas, and it has never failed to come back. I always keep at least one plant in my garden. We hang some in our house every fall and enjoy the scent every time we walk by.
On Aug 4, 2003, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:
I have Sweet Annie growing under a maple tree. The harsh conditions keep it in check! A few self-seeded volunteers come up, but not bad. It's a wonderfully aromatic plant to use dried in wreathes, etc., though it doesn't add much to the garden scene in my opinion.
On Jan 22, 2003, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:
Do yourself a favor and don't allow Sweet Annie to go to seed in your garden! I learned the hard way and have been pulling out seedlings for years.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Bear Creek, Alaska Little Rock, Arkansas Longmont, Colorado Stonington, Connecticut Athens, Illinois Coleta, Illinois Monmouth, Illinois Rock Falls, Illinois Anderson, Indiana Cedar Grove, Indiana Liberty, Indiana Oak Park, Indiana Patriot, Indiana Tipton, Indiana Valparaiso, Indiana New Orleans, Louisiana Opelousas, Louisiana Bangor, Maine Adrian, Michigan Edwardsburg, Michigan Brooklyn Heights, Missouri Hoberg, Missouri Binghamton, New York Van Etten, New York Wallkill, New York Columbia Station, Ohio New Boston, Ohio Silver Lake, Ohio Justice, Oklahoma Albion, Pennsylvania Ashley, Pennsylvania Bethel Park, Pennsylvania Mercer, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Tionesta, Pennsylvania Jonesborough, Tennessee Austin, Texas Hallettsville, Texas Houston, Texas Layton, Utah Petersburg, Virginia Lake Goodwin, Washington Cody, Wyoming