Artemisia absinthium is a species of Artemisia native to temperate regions of Eurasia and Northern Africa. It is grown as an ornamental plant and is used as an ingredient in the spirit absinthe as well as some other alcoholic beverages.
The genus Artemisia contains about 300 species of plants, so there's a good deal of variety, including evergreen and deciduous shrubs, perennials and annuals. It is in the Asteraceae, or daisy, family, but you won't see a lot of showy flowers. Most artemisia plants are grown for their filagree-like leaves. Artemisia absinthium has straight stems, growing to 0.8–1.2 metres (2 ft 7 in–3 ft 11 in) (sometimes even over 1.5 m, but rarely) tall, grooved, branched, and silvery-green. The leaves are spirally arranged, greenish-grey above and white below, covered with silky silvery-white trichomes,