Artemisia vulgaris ~ Mugwort
Artemisia vulgaris is native to Europe and has a long history of being used as a medicinal plant. Artemisia vulgaris can grow to 6 feet or more tall, though I have not seen it that large in our gardens. Artemisia vulgaris prefers moist soils but will tolerate pretty exceptional drought. Artemisia vulgaris is tolerant of heavy soils. Artemisia vulgaris blooms in Summer into Fall. Artemisia vulgaris has often escaped from the garden and become a pest. Be careful when planting plants in your garden that are too well adapted to our environment, particularly in gardens ajacent to wild areas. Artemisia vulgaris is a known allergen, interestingly it is reported that the symptoms from Mugwort are noticed in the mid-morning hours. Artemisia vulgaris is hardy to temperatures well below what we will likely see in California.
High resolution photos of Artemisia vulgaris are part of our garden image collection