Absinthe, Artemisia absynthium

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Quite possibly better known for the alcoholic beverage 'Absinthe', which it is a key ingredient, favoured particularly in the 19th and 20th century. In literature it is commonly referred to as 'La Fée Verte (Green Fairy) most likely inspired by the visions Absinthe drinkers may have come across, whilst under the influence.

Extremely high in alcohol and dangerously addictive with hallucinogens making it the perfect drink for absolutely far out side effects. This was the chosen tipple associated with the Bohemian culture, with many famous Absinthe drinkers including Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. 

By 1915 it had pretty much been banned in much of Europe and the United States, due to its psychoactive properties, although that has since been lifted and the revival of Absinthe is back!

Mediterranean Series

The Absinthe Artemisia, is just one in a series of prints illustrated by Sarah Jane Humphrey, in the Mediterranian Series. A collection of artworks based on plants and herbs commissioned by The Eden Project, Cornwall. They were eventually made into authentic mediterranean style ceramic tiles and feature along one of the long walls in the Med’ Biome.

They each come signed and numbered in a small limited edition of just 250, on high quality archival paper and packaged in one of our biodegradable sleeves.

To buy one of our Mediterranean Series of Limited Edition Prints by click this link.


About Absinthe

Absinthe,Artemisia absynthium is native to temperate regions of Eurasia and Northern Africa and widely naturalized in Canada and the northern United States. It is grown as an ornamental plant and is used as an ingredient in the spirit Absinthe as well as some other alcoholic drinks.

Artemisia absinthiumis a herbaceous, perennial plant with fibrous roots. The stems are straight, growing to 0.8–1.2 metres (2 ft 7 in–3 ft 11 in) tall, grooved, branched, and silvery-green. The leaves are spirally arranged, greenish-grey above and white below, covered with silky silvery-white trichomes, and bearing minute oil-producing glands; the basal leaves are up to 25 cm long, bipinnate to tripinnate with long petioles, with the cauline leaves (those on the stem) smaller, 5–10 cm long, less divided, and with short petioles; the uppermost leaves can be both simple and sessile (without a petiole). Its flowers are pale yellow, tubular, and clustered in spherical bent-down heads (capitula), which are in turn clustered in leafy and branched panicles. Flowering is from early summer to early autumn; pollination is anemophilous. The fruit is a small achene; seed dispersal is by gravity. Growing naturally on uncultivated, arid ground, on rocky slopes, and at the edge of footpaths and fields.

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