E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Artemisia vulgaris L.
common mugwort (common wormwood)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial aromatic herb from a stout rhizome; stems erect, simple or branched above, glabrous or nearly so below the inflorescence, hairy above, 0.5-1.5 m tall.
Stem leaves cleft nearly to the midrib in ascending, abruptly sharp-pointed, unequal segments which are again toothed or more deeply cleft, and usually with 1-2 pairs of stipule-like lobes at the base, sometimes becoming entire above, green and glabrous above or nearly so, densely white-woolly below, mostly 5-10 cm long, 3-7 cm wide.
Heads disciform, numerous in a generally ample, leafy, branched inflorescence; involucres bell-shaped, 3.5-4.5 mm tall; involucral bracts broadly lanceolate, densely woolly; receptacles glabrous; female flowers 6-12; disk flowers 8-18.
Achenes glabrous.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Wet to dry intertidal river banks, roadsides and waste places in the lowland and montane zones; infre quent in S BC; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Artemisia campestris var. douglasiana (Besser) B. Boivin
Artemisia ludoviciana var. mexicana (Willd. ex Spreng.) A. Gray
Artemisia mexicana Willd. ex Spreng.
Artemisia neomexicana Greene ex Rydb.
Artemisia vulgaris subsp. heterophylla (Nutt.) H.M. Hall & Clem.
Artemisia vulgaris subsp. michauxiana (Besser) H. St. John
Artemisia vulgaris var. coarctata Forselles ex Besser
Artemisia vulgaris var. douglasiana (Besser) H. St. John
Artemisia vulgaris var. mexicana (Willd. ex Spreng.) Torr. & A. Gray

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