Common mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris, is a species in the Asteraceae (sunflower) family. It is one of many species (2-400)[1] in the Artemisia genus, commonly referred to as mugwort.


It is also sometimes called St. John’s plant, old man, naughty man, sailor’s tobacco, old Uncle Henry, wild wormwood, chrysanthemum weed, criminal weed, or river wormwood. Mugwort is native to temperate areas of North America, North Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Artemisia Vulgaris

Mugwort is a large perennial herbaceous plant 1 to 2 meters tall (rarely 2.5 meters) with a vast rhizomeWhat is rhizome?An underground stem, with nodes and short to elongate internodes. system. The leaves are 5 to 20 cm long, sessile, pinnate, and dark green, with dense, white, plush hairs on the underside.

Criminal Weed

The upright stems are grooved and sometimes have a reddish-purple tint. The relatively small florets (5 mm long) are radially symmetrical with numerous dark red or yellow petals.

Mugwort Blooms

Suggested Reading: All Flowers

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Key References
  • [1]“Artemisia vulgaris (Felon Herb, Mugwort, Riverside Wormwood, Wild Wormwood) | North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox”. Accessed December 01, 2021. Link.


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