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Artemisia vulgaris

Artemisia vulgaris L.

 

Wormwood, Mugwort, Common Mugwort, Common Wormwood

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusArtemisiaFrom the Greek goddess Artemis, who gave it her own name because it helped cure her (there are other possible reasons for the derivation of this name too)
Speciesvulgaris“Common”

About plant names...

Common wormwood is a North American native. Don’t confuse it with the related species, Artemisia absinthium (from which absinthe is made)—it is also called wormwood.

Identification: Plants are 20-59" (50-150 cm) tall, on stiff stems that branch only a little. Stems are ridged, green or often purple, and nearly hairless, although tiny white hairs make the stem appear more pink than purple. Leaves are green above, but feltlike below, covered with tiny white hairs, 1¾-8" (5-20 cm) × 1-1¾" (3-5 cm). The leaves are deeply divided. Although numerous, flowers are small, inconspicuous, and yellow or dark red; they appear from July to September.

References:

Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, Common Weeds of the United States, Dover Publications, Inc., 1971, p. 374

Uva, Richard H.; Neal, Joseph C.; DiTomaso, Joseph M., Weeds of the Northeast, Comstock Publishing Associates, 1997, p. 116

Online References:

Artemisia vulgaris on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Artemisia vulgaris on Wikipedia

Artemisia vulgaris on the Virginia Tech Weed Identification Guide

Artemisia vulgaris on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

Artemisia vulgaris on Botanical.com

Artemisia vulgaris (Wormwood, Mugwort, Common Mugwort, Common Wormwood)

6/5/2013 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 8 × 6" (20 × 14 cm)

Artemisia vulgaris (Wormwood, Mugwort, Common Mugwort, Common Wormwood)

9/3/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 7 × 11" (18 × 27 cm)

Artemisia vulgaris (Wormwood, Mugwort, Common Mugwort, Common Wormwood)

8/11/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 12 × 17" (29 × 44 cm) ID is uncertain

Artemisia vulgaris (Wormwood, Mugwort, Common Mugwort, Common Wormwood)

9/11/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 4½ × 7" (11 × 17 cm)

Artemisia vulgaris (Wormwood, Mugwort, Common Mugwort, Common Wormwood)

9/3/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 9 × 14" (23 × 35 cm)

Artemisia vulgaris description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 20 Sep 2013.

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Artemisia vulgaris (Wormwood, Mugwort, Common Mugwort, Common Wormwood)

9/11/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 9 × 14" (23 × 35 cm)

Artemisia vulgaris (Wormwood, Mugwort, Common Mugwort, Common Wormwood)

8/11/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 9 × 14" (23 × 35 cm) ID is uncertain

Artemisia vulgaris (Wormwood, Mugwort, Common Mugwort, Common Wormwood)

9/4/2013 · Amos Kendall Conservation Area, Dunstable, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 12 cm)

Artemisia vulgaris (Wormwood, Mugwort, Common Mugwort, Common Wormwood)

9/4/2013 · Amos Kendall Conservation Area, Dunstable, MA
≈ 6 × 4" (16 × 10 cm)

Artemisia vulgaris (Wormwood, Mugwort, Common Mugwort, Common Wormwood)

6/5/2013 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 6 × 9" (16 × 23 cm)

Artemisia vulgaris (Wormwood, Mugwort, Common Mugwort, Common Wormwood)

6/5/2013 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 15 × 10" (37 × 25 cm)

Artemisia vulgaris (Wormwood, Mugwort, Common Mugwort, Common Wormwood)

8/11/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 3½ × 5" (9.2 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

Artemisia vulgaris (Wormwood, Mugwort, Common Mugwort, Common Wormwood)

9/4/2013 · Amos Kendall Conservation Area, Dunstable, MA
≈ 4½ × 7" (11 × 16 cm)

Artemisia vulgaris (Wormwood, Mugwort, Common Mugwort, Common Wormwood)

9/18/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

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