White wormwood

Scientific Name: Artemisia herba-alba

Arabic name(s): الثَّغَامَة / شيح

English name(s): White wormwood

Growth form: White wormwood is a strongly aromatic, perennial subshrub.

Order: Asterales

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Artemisia L.

Species: Artemisia sieberi Besser

Citation in the Quran:

The plant is not mentioned in the Holy Qur’an.

Citation in the Hadit:

Jabir reported that when Abu Qubafa (father of Abu Bakr) came in the year of Victory or on the Day of Victory (to the Holy Prophet to pledge his allegiance to him) his head and his Beard were white like thughamah ”white plant e.g. white wormwood” . He (the Holy Prophet) commanded or the women were commanded by him that they should change this with something (that the colour of his hair should be changed). Sahih Muslim , book of pertaining to clothes and decoration.

Habitat & Distribution:

White wormwood is a species of the Artemisia genus which becomes white after maturity. The plant is distributed in Saudi Arabia, north of Oman, in rocky, gravelly and silty wadi beds. Also, it distributed in North Africa and South West Asia.

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