Scientific NameArtemisia vulgaris
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Mugwort's flowers bloom from July to September. Generally rhizomes are the main reproductive cycle for mugwort. This weed can tolerate mowing, making it difficult to control.
The leaves throughout the plant vary greatly in size. The shape, however, tends to remain the same, about 5 leaf extensions from each branch, forming a pointed arrowhead appearance. Leaves have a smooth, dark green upper surface and a lower surface that appears silvery due to white-wooly hairs.
Mugwort can tolerate mowing and it releases an aroma like an herb.
Flower Seed Head
The flower is developed of many yellowish disk flowers combined onto a flattened head that is about 1/8 inch wide. The flowers are small and inconspicous.
The mugwort seeds are developed in a single-seeded fruit that is brown, ridged, and oblong shaped with a narrow base, and tipped with tiny hair-like bristles.
Mugwort is generally found in Northeastern U.S., Southern Canada, and along the Pacific Coast. The weed grows in these areas: turfgrass, landscapes, waste places, shores, roadsides. The plant prefers lime-rich soils on generally open ground.
upright and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf
Stem Cross Section
square or multi-edged