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Common Mugwort

WEEDS

GENUS/SPECIES


Artemisia vulgaris

FAMILY


Asteraceae

SYNONYMS


Common: Common Wormwood

DISTRIBUTION


Eastern and Northwestern United States

  • Minnesota S to Missouri
  • Missouri SE to Florida
  • Florida N to Maine
  • Maine W to Minnesota
  • Introductions to Pacific NW and elsewhere

Comments

This is a common introduced weed of roadsides and cultivated areas, and its range may be expanding. The leaves are usually dissected (somewhat resembling those of the cultivated chrysanthemum), of a lighter color underneath, and have a distinct sage scent. The rather nondescript flowers are borne along the stalks, which can get to be 3 or more feet in height. Most plants bloom in the late summer or autumn. However, the plants may form large colonies, spreading mainly by rhizomes.