Artemisia absinthium L.

Common Wormwood (Absinthe)

Erect perennial shrub to 1m tall, hairy. Stems branched. Leaves along stems, to 10 cm long, 2 or 3 times divided, with lobes 1-6 mm wide, hairy on both surfaces. Capitula about 3 mm across, in slender leafy panicles; summer. Receptacle hairy. Inner involucral bracts with membranous margins. Florets yellow.

W Asia, N Africa, most of Europe

Widely cultivated as an ornamental and for flavouring.

Source: Jeanes, J. (2002). Asteraceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Artemisia absinthium 'Lambrook Silver'

Leaves silvery and finely divided.

Selected by Margery Fish, UK.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Asterales
family       Asteraceae
genus        Artemisia L.