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Object ID:            2013.090.017

Title:                     Southernwood

Habitat:                North America

Description:         Southernwood is from the family Compositae. It is native to Europe and is also known as Lad's Love. The scientific name for southernwood is Artemisia abrotanum. It has a stong camphor—like smell and traditionally was used as an air freshener. Dried leaves and branches were used as a repellant for moths and insects and were commonly hung in closets. The plant can produce a yellow dye and was also used as a tea and a culinary herb. No notes were found on the original card from Elizabeth Windsong.

Dimensions:        H—12.7 W—20.32 cm

Kingdom:             Plantae (Plants)

Phylum:                Anthophyta (Flowering Plants)

Family:                  Compositae

Genus:                  Artemisia

Species:                abrotanum

Collector:              Windsong, Elizabeth

Identified by:        Windsong, Elizabeth

Preparator:           Grieshaber, Addis