Artemisia stelleriana


Nouv. Mém. Soc. Imp. Naturalistes Moscou 3: 79, plate 5. 1834

Common names: Beach wormwood armoise de Steller
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 19. Treatment on page 532. Mentioned on page 522, 533.
Perennials, (15–)20–60(–70) cm (mat-forming), sometimes faintly aromatic (rhizomes creeping, relatively thin). Stems 1–3, erect or ascending, white, simple (stout), densely tomentose to floccose. Leaves basal and cauline (petiolate), silver-gray; blades oblanceolate, (proximalmost) 3–10 × 1–5 cm, pinnatifid (lobes relatively broad, rounded; distal leaves, on flowering stems, smaller), faces densely tomentose. Heads (erect or spreading, peduncles 0 or to 3 mm) in dense, paniculiform, racemiform, or spiciform arrays 8–20 × 2–4 cm. Involucres broadly campanulate, 5–8 × 6–7 mm. Phyllaries broadly lanceolate, tomentose. Florets: pistillate 12–16; bisexual 25–30; corollas yellow (narrow or tubular), 3.2–4 mm (unusually large), glabrous or sparsely hairy (style branches prominent, erect, blunt). Cypselae (dark brown) narrowly oblong-linear (slightly flattened, smooth), 3–4 mm, glabrous. 2n = 18.

Phenology: Flowering early spring–fall.
Habitat: Sandy soils, coastal strand
Elevation: 0–200 m



St. Pierre and Miquelon, N.B., Nfld. and Labr. (Nfld.), N.S., Ont., P.E.I., Que., Alaska, Conn., Del., Fla., La., Maine, Md., Mass., Mich., Minn., N.H., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Pa., R.I., Vt., Va., Wash., W.Va., Wis., n Europe, e Asia (Japan, Kamchatka).


Artemisia stelleriana is apparently native along the western tip of the Aleutian islands (D. F. Murray, pers. comm.). It is an attractive ornamental and, in parts of its range in the flora area, it appears to have escaped from cultivation and is naturalized in beach dunes and other sandy habitats.

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Lower Taxa


Facts about "Artemisia stelleriana"
AuthorLeila M. Shultz +
AuthorityBesser +
Common nameBeach wormwood + and armoise de Steller +
DistributionSt. Pierre and Miquelon +, N.B. +, Nfld. and Labr. (Nfld.) +, N.S. +, Ont. +, P.E.I. +, Que. +, Alaska +, Conn. +, Del. +, Fla. +, La. +, Maine +, Md. +, Mass. +, Mich. +, Minn. +, N.H. +, N.J. +, N.Y. +, N.C. +, Ohio +, Pa. +, R.I. +, Vt. +, Va. +, Wash. +, W.Va. +, Wis. +, n Europe +, e Asia (Japan + and Kamchatka). +
Elevation0–200 m +
HabitatSandy soils, coastal strand +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorLinda Ann Vorobik +
PhenologyFlowering early spring–fall. +
Publication titleNouv. Mém. Soc. Imp. Naturalistes Moscou +
Publication year1834 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V19-20-21/V19 925.xml +
SynonymsArtemisia sect. Abrotanum +
Taxon familyAsteraceae +
Taxon nameArtemisia stelleriana +
Taxon parentArtemisia subg. Artemisia +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 19 +