Artemisia absinthium L.
wormwood (absinthe; absinthium; common wormwood)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


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E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Artemisia absinthium
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Species Information

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.
Achenes glabrous.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Artemisia absinthium

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
893 800 987
Slope Gradient (%)
47 35 60

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

236 218 256
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 1 2
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

IDF(1), PP(1)

Habitat and Range

Dry roadsides and disturbed areas in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; common in S BC, infrequent northward to 57degreeN; introduced from Eurasia.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Artemisia absinthium var. insipida Stechmann