Artemisia vulgaris. Perennial in zones 3-9.
An important part of the medicinal herb garden, as it has been used in remedies across many cultures for hundreds of years. Various preparations of mugwort have been applied to the skin to treat poison oak, rheumatism, or quicken the blood. Teas or tinctures have been known to induce lucid dreaming and are used to treat irregular menstrual periods, epilepsy, and stomach aches. In the United Kingdom, mugwort was even used as the poor man’s black tea substitute (it’s fairly bitter though, we don’t recommend this use) and has been used to flavor beer – there really are too many uses for mugwort to list them all here. Beautiful silvery grey purple leaves. Plants grow 4-6′ tall and would be suitable for an annual hedge. Perennial plants die back in winter but will spread, self-seed, and grow well even in poor soil.
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Direct sow seeds very shallowly in spring, 4 weeks before last frost. Seeds require stratification, then light to germinate. Thin or transplant to 12” in all directions. Grows well in almost any conditions. Perennial. Will self-seed and spread aggressively.
Collect seeds from seed heads that are fully dry. Shell by hand, winnow or screen to clean. Some cross-pollination may occur, isolate from varieties of the same species by 1/4 mile.