Scouting for weeds: Mugwort

June 29, 2007 - Author: Steve Gower, , Diagnostic Services

Mugwort: Artemisia vulgaris L. (view photos)

Life cycle
: Clump-forming, rhizomatous perennial.

Leaves
: Alternate, deeply lobed and divided leaves are dark green above and silvery white below. Leaves emit a strong, sagelike odor.

Stems
: Erect, clump-forming, smooth to slightly hairy stems have lengthwise ridges and become semiwoody with age. They are up to 6 feet tall.

Flowers and fruit
: Inconspicuous flowers are produced in elongated, spikelike clusters on the upper stems. The seed is enclosed in a single-seeded, brown, oblong fruit.

Reproduction
: Persistent, prolific rhizomes and, rarely, seeds.

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