Feb. 1, 2018

absinthium, Artemisia absinthium

We often think of parallel evolution affecting appearance, as with chestnuts and buckeyes. Or porcupines and hedgehogs. But not so often with taste and aroma? Absinthium and sage have the same aroma. The evolutionary result is very successful. Both plants have spread around the globe, both in and out of gardens. Absinthium is the source of absinthe, a drink long appreciated for its flavor and medicinal properties. Timothy Leary probably appreciated absinthe's psychological and sometimes psychedelic affects. But now he's gone, and absinthe is banned in many places. It is presently grown more for the ornamental value of its pale foliage. The tiny flower heads are not much more than an eighth of an inch. Absinthium has been reported from CA, CO, CT, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY, AB, BC, LB, MB, NB, NF, ns, ON, PE, QC, SK, and SPM. Lenawee Co MI, 8/9/11.