Artemisia vulgaris (Mugwort)

Full Sun
Soil Type:
Most Types

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Plant Details

A native wildflower steeped in folklore. Since the 14th century it has been made into garlands and hung over doors to deter evil spirits. It has also been used in place of hops for beer, as a moth repellent, herbally to cure nervousness in women(!) and to cure consumption.

A large plant covered in small white flowers from August to October. The red stems make interesting additions to dried flower arrangements. Will grow in pretty much any soil in full sun or partial shade. Lends a wild feel to a border.

Height and Spread: 1-2m x 60cm

The word Mugwort comes from the old English 'Mucgwyrt', meaning Midgewort for its insect repellent qualities.

Common names: Mugwort; St. John's Herb; Bollon Bane; Felonherb; Midge PLant; Sailor's Tobacco; Old Uncle Henry; Naughty man


Photo: H. Zell / CC BY-SA

All our plants are supplied in 9x10cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.