Artemisia campestris

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaAsteraceaeArtemisiaArtemisia campestris


A perennial herb found in the Breckland in short open grassland, grass-heath, on forest rides and tracks, in abandoned arable fields, and on roadsides. It does not persist in tall, closed turf but sometimes reappears following disturbance. Lowland.



World Distribution

Eurosiberian Temperate element, with a continental distribution in W. Europe.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 3

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.3

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.1

Annual Precipitation (mm): 620

Life form information

Height (cm): 60

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary


Comment on Life Form

Has creeping woody underground stem; above-ground overwintering shoots much shorter than flowering stem



Clonality - primary

Rhizome shortly creeping

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 9

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -0.42

Distribution information

Plantatt Conservation Status


JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.