Mugwort – Artemisia vulgaris

Mugwort

Artemisia vulgaris L.
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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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Mugwort flower
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Mugwort leaves

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