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Artemisia vulgaris
mugwort, lobed wormwood

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest and in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; Alaska to Oregon, east to Montana, east across Canada to the Great Lakes region and eastern North America.

Habitat: Roadsides, fields, ditches, wastelots, and other disturbed, open areas.

Flowers: August-October

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Wind


Aromatic, perennial herb, 0.5-1.5 m. tall, simple or branched above, glabrous below the inflorescence.


Leaves glabrous and green above, densely white-woolly beneath, obovate or ovate in outline, 5-10 cm. long and 3-7 cm. wide; principle leaves cleft nearly to the mid-rib into acute, unequal segments, which are again toothed or cleft, usually with one or two stipule-like lobes at the base.


Inflorescence ample and leafy; involucre 3.5-4.5 mm. high, somewhat woolly; heads discoid, the flowers all fertile, the outer pistillate, the inner perfect.



Accepted Name:
Artemisia vulgaris L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 848. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Artemisia vulgaris L. var. selengensis (Turcz. ex Besser) Maxim.
Artemisia vulgaris L. var. vulgaris
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Artemisia vulgaris in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Artemisia vulgaris checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Artemisia vulgaris information.

E-Flora BC: Artemisia vulgaris atlas page.

CalPhotos: Artemisia vulgaris photos.

USDA Plants: Artemisia vulgaris information.

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