Ambrosia artemisiifolia

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaAsteraceaeAmbrosiaAmbrosia artemisiifolia


An annual occurring as a casual (rarely persisting) on rubbish tips, in dockyards, arable fields and on waste ground and in places where bird-seed is scattered. Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of N. America; widely naturalised elsewhere.

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


External Species Accounts

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.

Atlas text references

Bassett IJ, Crompton CW
1975.  The biology of Canadian weeds. 11. Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. and A. psilostachya DC. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 55:463-476. Meusel H, Jäger EJ
1992.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 3. 2 vols.
Rich (1994c)