Sea wormwood Artemisia maritimum

Also known as: old woman


Best time to see: Aug to end Oct

Key facts

A perennial with silver leaves occupying the drier parts of saltmarshes

Spikes of yellow egg-shaped flowers appear in late summer; leaves have a strong, bitter scent

Used in folk medicine to treat fever and give appetite, and in Scandinavia as a basis for schnapps

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