Artemisia arborescens L.

Silver Wormwood

Sp. Pl., edn 2, 2: 1188 (1763) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Aromatic, silvery shrub to c. 1.5 m high; stems brittle, densely grey-pubescent. Leaves once or twice pinnatisect to biternate (sometimes the uppermost entire and sessile) with more or less linear segments to 35 mm long and 2 mm wide, surfaces densely silvery-tomentose with fine appressed hairs; petioles to c. 1 cm long. Inflorescence a panicle comprising several racemose branches; capitula usually nodding; peduncles 2–8(–15) mm long; involucral bracts unequal, oblong to ovate, 2.5–4.5 mm long, outer ones oblong, herbaceous, longer than the inner series, inner bracts ovate with broad scarious margins. Florets c. 35–50, yellow. Cypselas 1–1.5 mm long, pale, usually 4- or 5-ribbed; pappus absent, but corolla persistent and thickening in basal half. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *GGr, *WaP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW. Native to southern Europe. Occasionally grown, particularly as a hedge particularly in older gardens and farms, and persisting in abandoned gardens, sometimes becoming weakly established near cultivated plants. Recorded from e.g. Mt Arapiles, Port Campbell, Point Wilson.

Created by: , 2016-08-26
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-09
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Artemisia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Artemisia arborescens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Artemisia arborescens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Warrnambool Plain present introduced
Goldfields present introduced
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Greater Grampians present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory