How to Harvest Sweet Annie


Sweet Annie, a type of wormwood, most often appears dried in crafts and floral arrangements. These plants grow tall in your garden, reaching heights between 4 and 6 feet, but once established they require little care aside from regular watering and an annual fertilization. The fragrance of sweet Annie will add another dimension to your crafts, which will not only look beautiful but bear a floral odor as well. Just a touch against the blossoms of the sweet Annie will release its scent into the air.

Step 1

Harvest sweet Annie late in the summer, after the blooms appear and open.

Step 2

Cut 2 to 3 feet off the top of the plant using a hand saw to slice through the woody main stem.

Step 3

Leave at least two branches attached to the main stem of the plant for next year's regrowth.

Step 4

Trim off all the branches from the cut portion of the main stem.

Step 5

Bunch together handfuls of the cut branches and tie them together at their bases with a rubber band.

Step 6

Hang the bunches of sweet Annie in a cool, dry, dark spot for one to two weeks to dry completely before using in crafts.

Step 7

Put the dried branches into paper bags and shake to remove any seeds for craft use if desired.

Things You'll Need

  • Sweet Annie
  • Hand saw
  • Rubber band
  • Paper bag (optional)


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Athena Hessong began her freelance writing career in 2004. She draws upon experiences and knowledge gained from teaching all high school subjects for seven years. Hessong earned a Bachelor's in Arts in history from the University of Houston and is a current member of the Society of Professional Journalists.