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.

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