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Artemisia vulgaris (Mugwort)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.2m
Max height
1.8m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Artemisia vulgaris

Other names

Mugwort, Common mugwort, Common wormwood, Riverside wormwood, Felon herb, Chrysanthemum weed, Wild wormwood, Old Uncle Henry, Sailor's tobacco, Naughty man, Old man, St. John's plant

Genus

Artemisia Artemisia

Species

A. vulgaris - A. vulgaris is a vigorous, upright, deciduous perennials with finely-divided, dark green leaves, white-hairy beneath, and grooved, purple-flushed stems bearing open panicles of yellow or reddish-brown flowers from midsummer to early autumn.


Artemisia vulgaris is: Deciduous

Habit

Tall, Clump-forming, Upright

Flower

Yellow, Reddish-brown in Summer; Yellow, Reddish-brown in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

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General care

Pruning

Cut back in autumn. In cold areas, do not cut back until spring. Pinch out the shoot tips of young plants to encourage bushy growth.

Propagation

Divide in spring or fall every 3 or 4 years.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Artemisia vulgaris (Mugwort) will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 1.8m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Foliage only

Cultivation

Plant in full sun in fertile, well-drained soils. May die back in heavy, poorly-drained soil. Fertilise sparingly to avoid excesssive growth that will require staking.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

The preyty silvery leaves of this plant work well with pink and purple cistus, and orange lillies or poppies.

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Artemisia vulgaris

Other names

Mugwort, Common mugwort, Common wormwood, Riverside wormwood, Felon herb, Chrysanthemum weed, Wild wormwood, Old Uncle Henry, Sailor's tobacco, Naughty man, Old man, St. John's plant

Genus

Artemisia Artemisia

Species

A. vulgaris - A. vulgaris is a vigorous, upright, deciduous perennials with finely-divided, dark green leaves, white-hairy beneath, and grooved, purple-flushed stems bearing open panicles of yellow or reddish-brown flowers from midsummer to early autumn.

Native to

Europe, Northern Africa, Western Asia

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Tall, Clump-forming, Upright


Colour

Flower

Yellow, Reddish-brown in Summer; Yellow, Reddish-brown in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

General care

Pruning

Cut back in autumn. In cold areas, do not cut back until spring. Pinch out the shoot tips of young plants to encourage bushy growth.

Propagation

Divide in spring or fall every 3 or 4 years.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Artemisia vulgaris (Mugwort) will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 1.8m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Foliage only

Cultivation

Plant in full sun in fertile, well-drained soils. May die back in heavy, poorly-drained soil. Fertilise sparingly to avoid excesssive growth that will require staking.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Artemisia vulgaris (Mugwort)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Phytophthora tentaculata Kröber & Marwitz - All Hosts

Type

Oomycete

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous pathogen present in parts of Europe and beyond.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Artemisia vulgaris (Mugwort)

Common pest name

Corn borer; Corn moth; European corn borer; European maize borer; European stalk borer; Maize pyralid

Scientific pest name

Ostrinia nubilalis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous boring pest present in the UK since the 1930’s. A maize-affecting race was detected for the first time in 2010. Industry may wish to monitor for its presence and mitigate against impacts.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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COMPANION PLANTS

The preyty silvery leaves of this plant work well with pink and purple cistus, and orange lillies or poppies.

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.


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