Artemisia abrotanum

Linnaeus

Sp. Pl.2: 845. 1753

Common names: Southernwood lad’s love old man armoise aurone
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 19. Treatment on page 522. Mentioned on page 503, 521, 532.
Perennials or subshrubs, 50–130(–170) cm (not cespitose), aromatic (roots thick, woody). Stems relatively numerous, erect, brown, branched, (woody, brittle), glabrous or sparsely hairy. Leaves cauline, dark green; blades broadly ovate, (2–)3–6 × 0.02–0.15 cm, 2–3-pinnatifid (lobes linear or filiform), faces sparsely hairy (abaxial) or glabrous (adaxial). Heads (nodding at maturity) in open, widely branched arrays 10–30 × 2–10 cm. Involucres ovoid, (1–)2–3.5 × (1–)2–2.5 mm. Phyllaries oblong-elliptic, sparsely hairy. Florets: pistillate 4–8(–15); bisexual 14–16(–20); corollas yellow, 0.5–1 mm, glandular. Cypselae (light brown) ellipsoid (2–5-angled, flattened, furrowed), 0.5–1 mm, glabrous. 2n = 18.

Phenology: Flowering late summer–fall.
Habitat: Waste places
Elevation: 0–3000 m

Distribution

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Alta., Man., N.B., Ont., Que., Sask., Colo., Conn., Del., D.C., Ill., Iowa, Kans., Maine, Md., Mass., Mich., Minn., Nebr., N.H., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Oreg., Pa., S.C., Utah, Vt., Wis., Wyo., Eurasia, Africa.

Discussion

Artemisia abrotanum has been widely cultivated in gardens for old-time uses such as a fly and parasite repellent. It has had a renewed popularity in xeriscape gardening; it is drought tolerant and can fill difficult garden spaces (e.g., dry rocky slopes). Reports of naturalization may be exaggerated; it is not known to become weedy in any of its known locations in North America.

References

None.

Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.

Facts about "Artemisia abrotanum"
AuthorLeila M. Shultz +
AuthorityLinnaeus +
Common nameSouthernwood +, lad’s love +, old man + and armoise aurone +
DistributionAlta. +, Man. +, N.B. +, Ont. +, Que. +, Sask. +, Colo. +, Conn. +, Del. +, D.C. +, Ill. +, Iowa +, Kans. +, Maine +, Md. +, Mass. +, Mich. +, Minn. +, Nebr. +, N.H. +, N.J. +, N.Y. +, N.C. +, Oreg. +, Pa. +, S.C. +, Utah +, Vt. +, Wis. +, Wyo. +, Eurasia + and Africa. +
Elevation0–3000 m +
HabitatWaste places +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorLinda Ann Vorobik +
Introducedtrue +
PhenologyFlowering late summer–fall. +
Publication titleSp. Pl. +
Publication year1753 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xmlhttps://jpend@bitbucket.org/aafc-mbb/fna-data-curation.git/src/f50eec43f223ca0e34566be0b046453a0960e173/coarse grained fna xml/V19-20-21/V19 891.xml +
SynonymsArtemisia sect. Abrotanum +
Taxon familyAsteraceae +
Taxon nameArtemisia abrotanum +
Taxon parentArtemisia subg. Artemisia +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 19 +