Artemisia caudata Michx. - Beach Wormwood


 

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Artemisia caudata - (image 1 of 3)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Asteraceae

 

Some authorities call this plant A. campestris ssp. caudata.

Habitat

Sandy soil near Lake Michigan. In sandy oak savanna. Gravelly hill prairies.

Associates

 

Distribution

This species is found in coastal regions including the Great Lakes and irregularly inland throughout much of the US.

Morphology

Low mounding, taprooted biennial or perennial, greatly increasing in height when it flowers. Primary leaves pinnately divided or compound, ultimate leaf divisions entire. Disk flowers sterile.

Notes

Flowers early August to late October

Wetland indicator: Upland

An attractive little plant before it goes to flower, often with silvery pubescent foliage. The plants will persist from year to year if the flowers are removed early. Host to the rare parasitic plant Orobanche fasciculata (clustered broomrape).

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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