Scientific Name:
Artemisia verlotiorum Lamotte
Vernacular Name(s):
Chinese mugwort; Mugwort

Aromatic, rhizomatous, herbaceous perennial, dying back to rootstock each year. Stems erect, sparsely to moderately tomentose, becoming glabrous below, ribbed, up to 2–(3) m tall, usually not branched except above to form infl. Lvs scattered along stems, densely tomentose and sparsely glandular on lower surface, usually glabrescent on upper surface but sometimes sparsely hairy. Lower cauline lvs shortly petiolate, (1)–2–3-pinnatisect, up to 18 × 18 cm; ultimate segments subulate, or triangular to lanceolate, acute to apiculate, 5–70 × 3–10 mm (shortest segments in basal lvs), with evident central vein and faint lateral veins. Infl. paniculate; infl. lvs becoming apetiolate and 1-pinnatisect or not lobed, finally reduced to < 1 cm long. Outer involucral bracts herbaceous, sparsely to moderately hairy; inner bracts moderately hairy, with broad membranous margins and apex. Capitula 2–5 mm diam.; receptacle glabrous; florets (12)–15–25, yellow or reddish brown, with scattered glandular hairs. Achenes 1–1.5 mm long, brown, obovoid, slightly flattened, ± smooth; pappus 0 or a small scarious ring.

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


Flowering: (Dec.)–Apr.–Jul.

Biosecurity New Zealand 2012: Regional Pest Management Strategies Database.