Artemisia vulgaris

Common Names: Mugwort, common wormwood, riverside wormwood, felon herb, chrysanthemum weed, wild wormwood, old Uncle Henry, sailor's tobacco, naughty man, old man, St. John's plant
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Aster family

It is a tall herbaceous perennial plant growing 1 to 2 m tall, with a woody root. The leaves are 5 to 20 cm long, dark green, pinnate, with dense white tomentose hairs on the underside. The erect stem often has a red-purplish tinge. The rather small flowers (5 mm long) are radially symmetrical with many yellow or dark red petals. The narrow and numerous capitula (flower heads) spread out in racemose panicles.

It is a very common plant growing on nitrogenous soils, like weedy and uncultivated areas, such as waste places and roadsides. It flowers from July to September.

Edible Notes: The leaves and buds, best picked shortly before the plant flowers in July to September, were used as a bitter flavoring agent to season fat, meat and fish. It has also been used to flavor beer before the introduction of or instead of hops.
Warnings: Mugwort pollen is one of the main sources of hay fever and allergic asthma.
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