Scouting for weeds: Mugwort
June 29, 2007 - Author: Steve Gower, Michigan State University Extension, 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.