Wormwood - Artemisia absinthium


Medium to tall, strongly aromatic, silkily hairy, often tufted plant. Stems grooved, somewhat woody below. Leaves 2-3 pinnately lobed, stalked, silkily white on both surfaces. Flowerheads 3 mm, yellowish, sub globose, nodding in long panicles.

Similar Species

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Mature leaves with dense grey-white hairs on the upperside

Recording advice

A photograph of the whole plant


Roadside verges, waste ground and coastal habitats.

When to see it

Flowers July and August.

Life History


UK Status

Found throughout England and Wales, but mostly coastal elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Local in Leicestershire and Rutland, found mostly around Leicester and in the west of our area where it can be quite frequent. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 142 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map