J.C. LAUGHLIN1, G.N. HEAZLEWOOD2 AND B.M. BEATTIE2 1 Agricultural Consultant (Medicinal Crops), 1/14A Sherburd Street, Kingston, Tasmania


The genus Artemisia includes a large number of species and some have been cultivated as commercial crops with a wide diversity of uses. Some better known examples include antimalarial (A. annua-annual or sweet wormwood), culinary spices (A. dracunculus-French tarragon), liquor flavouring (A. absinthiumabsinthe), garden ornamental (A. abrotanum-southernwood) and insect repellent (A. vulgaris —mugwort). However this review will concentrate on the cultivation of A. annua because of its contemporary importance as a source of new and effective antimalarial drugs.