SPECIES: Artemisia abrotanum
Howard, Janet L. 1998. Artemisia abrotanum. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/ .
No special status
Southernwood has a long history of cultivation in the Old World and its region of origin is uncertain. It is thought to be native to the Mediterranean [4,13]. It is an introduced species of minor importance in the United States and southern Canada. It has escaped from cultivation in the Northeast and occurs there sparingly. It is adventive in the Great Plains and the Intermountain region [8,9,13,23].
FRES36 Mountain grasslands
FRES38 Plains grasslands
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Southernwood rarely persists after cultivation and is not an important member of plant communities in the United States .
Southernwood has been used for rehabilitation of rangelands and mine spoils in the
Intermountain region. It withstands drought and prolonged freezing temperatures and is
recommended for soil stabilization and as a nurse plant
Southernwood is established by outplanting of stem cuttings. In the Intermountain region,
survivorship of transplants in the first few years after outplanting has been good to excellent
Southernwood probably will not persist on reclamation sites due to poor reproduction
Southernwood is an introduced shrub or perennial forb from 1.6 to 6.6 feet (0.5-2.0 m) tall. It is woody at the base and much branched in form [8,9]. The inflorescence is an open panicle with multiple flowerheads. The fruit is a cypsela bearing a tiny seed .
Southernwood occurs on disturbed sites such as roadsides and open fields [8,9,14]. It grows in moderately acid to moderately alkaline soils and tolerates elevations above 10,000 feet (3,050 m) [13,15].
Southernwood flowers in late August or September in the Great Plains, the Midwest and the Northeast [8,9,14]. Seeds usually do not reach maturity. Plants in the Intermountain region rarely flower .
Response of southernwood to fire has not been documented in the literature. Since southernwood sprouts from the root crown after top-kill by agents other than fire, it probably sprouts from the root crown after fire has removed topgrowth. Southernwood twigs are killed by freezing temperatures when twigs are not insulated by snow. In spring, southernwood sprouts from the root crown after winter dieback. Southernwood also sprouts from the root crown after heavy browsing. Plummer  reported that southernwood is more vigorous when topgrowth is removed regularly.
Southernwood regeneration by seed after fire is probably insignificant.
tall shrub, adventitious bud/root crown
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Southernwood is probably top-killed by fire.
Southernwood probably sprouts from the root crown after top-kill by fire.
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