Mugwort - Artemisia vulgaris

Description

Medium to tall somewhat hairy, tufted plant. Slightly aromatic, erect. The stems often reddish or purplish with a wide pith. Leaves 1 to 2 pinnately lobed, the upper unstalked, dark green above, silvery downy beneath. Flowerheads 3 to 4 mm long reddish-brown, yellowish or purplish, egg shaped, unstalked, borne in panicles.

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Mature leaves glabrous, or nearly so, on the upperside

Habitat

Roadsides, waste ground, embankments etc.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History

Perennial.

UK Status

Found commonly throughout much of Britain, but mainly coastal in Scotland.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 381 of the 617 tetrads.

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Species profile

Common names
Mugwort
Species group:
Wildflowers
Kingdom:
Plantae
Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae
Records on NatureSpot:
225
First record:
27/05/2000 (MBNHS;Steve Woodward)
Last record:
17/08/2023 (Charity, Kenneth)

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