Mugwort - Artemisia vulgaris


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.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Mature leaves glabrous, or nearly so, on the upperside


Roadsides, waste ground, embankments etc.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History


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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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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