Surely my interest in green at the moment has to do with the coming of autumn.  Here in Tennessee we have had more rain than usual this summer, and so things have stayed green for much longer than in most years. Even the fields here have not turned brown.Sweet Annie

Annual wormwood (Artemisia annua L.) also known as “Sweet Annie” is in abundance this year.  Last September the power company cut all the trees and bushes on the west side of my cottage.  One benefit has been the proliference of this wonderful “weed.”  I consider it an aromatic plant, being of the Artemisia family, and love the smell of its fernlike branches.  However, it is repellant to some noses, and purported to repel mosquitos. 

Peterson’s Medicinal Plants states that the leaf tea can be used for colds, flu, malarial fevers, dysentery, diarrhea.  In a poultice it is used for abscesses and boils.  The seeds are sued for night sweats, indigestion, and flatulence.

My use is a wreath.  Not sure if it will mildew inside as it is wrapped pretty tightly.  Trying to have a way to smell it all winter!

Sweet Annie wreath

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