Perennial, aromatic herb, sometimes with a woody base; stems ascending to erect, clustered, branched above, finely hairy or eventually glabrate, 40-120 cm tall.
Lower ones long-stalked and 2-3 times pinnately cut, with mostly oblong, obtuse segments mostly 1.5-4.0 mm wide, the blade rounded to egg-shaped in outline, mostly 3-8 cm long, becoming progressively less divided, shorter-stalked and reduced upwards, the divisions more abruptly sharp-pointed, glabrate to finely hairy.
Heads disciform, nodding, in a branched inflorescence; involucres hemispheric, 2-3 mm tall; involucral bracts with densely long, silky, appressed hairs, the outer ones linear, the inner broadly elliptic with broad, thin, dry, papery margins; receptacles with numerous long white hairs between the flowers; female flowers 9-20, fertile; disk flowers 30-50, fertile.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Artemisia absinthium var. insipida Stechmann