Attractive small bush with pungent, grey-green leaves. The whole plant deters insects and can therefore be used as general insect repellant. Should be cut back in winter and tolerates most climates.
Shrub. H:1m W:60cm. 12cm, 17cm.
In the garden:
• Attractive as a neatly clipped hedge and the silver leaves are stunning when reflected in moonlight.
• Full sun; Well drained, composted soil.
• Pick fresh leaves and flowers throughout the year.
• The leaves and roots produce a yellow natural plant dye for textiles.
• Vegetables and fruit:
• Deter onion and carrot fly with branches laid between onion and carrot rows.
• Grow near cabbage to deter cabbage moth, and near fruit trees to deter fruit tree moth.
• Pungently, aromatic leaves.
• Use in sachets to repel moths and fleas.
• Infuse to make a strong domestic disinfectant.
• Will help to retain fragrance in pot-pourris.
• Use soft silver foliage colour for bouquets, wreaths and tussie-mussies.
Southernwood may be beneficial in the following cases:
• Taken internally and applied topically to stimulate hair growth.
• Infuse as a tea for a general tonic.
• Improves Liver function.
• Poor appetite and digestion.
• Threadworm in children.
• Delayed or painful menstruation
• WARNING: DO NOT TAKE WHEN PREGNANT
Preparation and dosage:
• 2 cups per day.
• Only use consecutively for up to 2 weeks, give a break of a week before resuming.