Artemisia arborescens

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Artemisia arborescens
Artemisia arborescens 12052004 Var.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Anthemideae
Genus: Artemisia
Species: A. arborescens
Binomial name
Artemisia arborescens
L.
Synonyms[1]
  • Absinthium arborescens Moench
  • Absinthium arborescens Vaill.
  • Artemisia argentea Willk. & Lange
  • Artemisia elegans Salisb.

Artemisia arborescens (tree wormwood) is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to the Mediterranean region.[2] It is an erect evergreen perennial, with masses of finely-divided aromatic silvery-white leaves and single-sided sprays of yellow daisy-like flowers. This plant is cultivated for its foliage effects, but in colder temperate regions it requires the protection of a wall.

The specific epithet arborescens means "woody" or "tree-like".[3]

This plant[4] and the cultivar 'Powis Castle'[5] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[6]

This plant, like others of the genus Artemisia, yields essential oils which have historically been used for various medicinal purposes, and its pharmacological properties are under investigation.[7][8]

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