Perennials, 5–10 cm (cespitose), mildly aromatic; caudices branched. Stems usually 1, reddish brown to gray, tomentose to glabrate. Leaves persistent, mostly basal, gray-green; (petioles often expanded) blades (at least proximal) obovate, 1.5–5 × 0.5–1 cm, 2-palmately lobed, lobes relatively narrow, apices acute, faces densely white-villous (brownish in age); cauline smaller, distally 1-ternate. Heads (sessile or peduncles 2–15 mm) in racemiform or spiciform arrays, 1.5–3 × 0.5–1 cm. Involucres hemispheric or globose, (2–)5–7 × (2–)6–8 mm. Phyllaries villous. Florets: pistillate 4–6; functionally staminate 15–30; corollas purplish red, 1.5–2 mm, hairy. Cypselae oblong, ca. 1 mm, faintly nerved, glabrous.
Phenology: Flowering mid–late summer.
Habitat: Open areas, fellfield tundra
Elevation: 0–100 m
Of conservation concern.
Artemisia aleutica is known only from the western Aleutian Islands. It is morphologically similar to A. borealis, and the relationships of these species complexes warrant further study.