Scientific Name:
Artemisia arborescens L., Sp. Pl. (ed. 2), 1188 (1763)
Vernacular Name(s):
Hedge artemisia

Strongly aromatic, spreading shrub, not dying back in winter. Stems erect, densely sericeous, becoming glabrous below, ribbed, up to 3 m tall, much-branched toward base. Lvs clustered toward tips of stems, densely sericeous on upper and lower surface, petiolate, 1-pinnate with leaflets 1–2-pinnatisect, up to c. 15 × 10 cm in lower lvs; ultimate segments narrow-oblong to linear, obtuse to subacute, 5–70 × 1.5–5 mm, with only central vein evident. Infl. paniculate; infl. lvs similar to cauline lvs but becoming apetiolate and 1-pinnatisect, finally reduced to < 1 cm long and not lobed. Involucral bracts sericeous, with narrow membranous margins and apex. Capitula (3)–4–7 mm diam.; receptacle pilose; florets many, cream to bright yellow, glabrous. Achenes not seen.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Oct.–Jan.

Linnaeus, C. 1763: Species Plantarum, Editio Secunda.
Wilcox, M.; Bradshaw, C.; Cameron, E. 2004: Woody plants of the Auckland Domain. Auckland Botanical Society Journal 59(1): 44–56.