Artemisia norvegica

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaAsteraceaeArtemisiaArtemisia norvegica


A small rhizomatous perennial of mountain tops, usually occurring in exposed situations on or near the summit ridge. Habitats include bare stony ground, Racomitrium heath, bouldery crests of solifluction terraces, and sometimes hollows between rocks. The relative importance of sexual and vegetative reproduction in British populations is uncertain. 700-870 m (Seana Bhraigh, E. Ross).



World Distribution

European Arctic-montane element; rare in the Arctic zonobiome and absent from mountains of C. Europe.

Broad Habitats

Montane habitats (acid grassland and heath with montane species)

Light (Ellenberg): 9

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 4

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 1


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 0.9

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 10.9

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1982

Life form information

Height (cm): 8

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 3

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

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.

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