Information submited: June 27, 2014 Modified: February 16, 2015 By: OperaDreamhouse
Botanical Name: Artemisia afra
Common Method of Extraction: Steam distilled
Part Typically Used: Blossom / Plant / Leaves / Stems / Roots
Perfumery Note: Top/Middle
Chemical structure: Alpha-thujone, Beta-thujone, cineole, camphor, germacrene, cadinene, alpha-terpineol, camphene, pinene, myrcene.
Artemisia afra is a small shrub native to the grasslands of Africa, ranging from South Africa to Ethiopia. Commonly growing in grasslands and open woodlands on the African continent, the shrub ranges in elevation from roughly 1450-2500m.
Artemisia afra grows in clumps, with ridged, woody stems, reaching from 0,5 meters to 2 meters in height. The leaves are dark green, of soft texture, and similar in shape to fern leaves. The undersides of the leaves are a lighter green, and are covered with white bristles.
Artemisia afra blossoms in late summer, producing abundant bracts of butter-colored flowers, each approximately 3 to 5 millimeters in diameter. Artemisia afra exudes a pungent, sweet smell when any part of the plant is bruised.