California mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana) is a perennial herb whose leaves and flowers are highly aromatic when bruised or crushed. Although is is related to the sagebrush, mugwort has large broad leaves with sharp lobes which are green on top and whitish below. This herb has been used by the Chumash, Luiseño, and Kumeyaay people for a variety of uses ranging from dream stimulants, decongestant, and weapons.
ABOUT THIS PLANT
Botanic Name: Artemisia douglasiana
Common Names: Mugwort,
Native to: Europe and Eastern Asia
Hardiness Zone: Zone 4-Zone 8
Fruiting Season: Mugwort seeds in the spring
Growth Structure: Long erect stems that can grow 6-8 feet tall.
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Mugwort is a densely growing, somewhat invasive plant. It does require regular watering to maintain its bushiness, but it can tolerate poor soils and little watering.