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Artemisia australis | by D.Eickhoff
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Artemisia australis

Hinahina, ʻĀhinahina or Oahu wormwood

Asteraceae

Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands

Oʻahu (Cultivated)

 

Faintly to strongly aromatic with a sage-type fragrance. Another description of the leaf fragrance is lychee. Leaves have an especially strong fragrance when rubbed or crushed.

Early Hawaiians used hinahina to preserve feather cloaks from insect destruction when stored in calabashes. The leaves were pounded for asthma.

 

NPH00007

nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/view/Artemisia_australis

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Taken on March 11, 2009