Common Mugwort


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Mugwort is an a herb with a fascinating history and a wealth of practical uses. Revered for centuries, Mugwort has a rich cultural heritage, finding mention in folklore and herbal traditions across the globe. The name "Mugwort" is thought to originate from its use in flavoring beverages like beer before the widespread use of hops. Mugwort was believed to have magic properties in ancient times; Native Americans believed it could keep ghosts away, while it was worn as protection in medieval and biblical times. "Artemisia" refers to Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt. Historically, Mugwort has been used in traditional medicine for its potential therapeutic properties, ranging from digestive aid to stress relief. Mugwort is the principal ingredient in moxibustion, a process in which heat from a burning, cigar-shaped roll of chopped leaves is applied to acupuncture points. In addition to its herbal applications, Mugwort is renowned for its aromatic qualities, making it a favored ingredient in both culinary and ceremonial practices. Embrace the time-honored legacy of Mugwort by incorporating this special herb into your creations and wellness rituals! Advisable to not ingest if carrying child.

Also Known As: Riverside Wormwood, Chrysanthemum Weed, Wild Wormwood, Old Uncle Henry, Naughty Man, Old Man, St. John's Plant, Moxa Plant.


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Plant Name:
Latin Name:
Artemisa vulgaris
Days to Germinate: 14-21
Days to Bloom: 80
Plant Height:
3 - 6 Feet
Bloom Diameter:
1/8 Inch
Growth Habit: Upright
USDA Zones: 3-9
Lifespan: Perennial
Brand: TomorrowSeeds
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Heirloom, Open-Pollinated
Seeds Packed For*: 2024

*Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.

Planting Instructions:


Soil Preparation:

Remove weeds, large rocks, and litter from the planting area. Till the soil 8-10 inches deep and rake several times to break up large clods. It is best to do this when the soil is dry enough to not stick to garden tools. Loosening the soil will help the plant establish strong roots.


Plant 1/8 inch deep in late Fall or early Spring after a killing frost. Mugwort seeds can be directly sown in the garden anytime between late Fall and early-Spring. If sowing after Spring, cold stratification may be needed for seeds to break dormancy and initiate germination. If sowing after Spring, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 30 days before direct sowing. Add 1/2" - 3/4" layer of peat moss, sawdust, or potting soil to top of mostly sunny and clear area. Broadcast seeds then water to push seeds into area. Do not work soil too much. Contain growing area to prevent invasive spread.

Planting Depth: 1/8 inch
Within-Row Spacing:
12 inches
Between-Row Spacing:
2 feet


Care During the Season:

Watering: Water plants moderately. If the soil moisture is low, water but avoid waterlogging soil. 
Weeding: Keep plants free of weeds, which rob weak root systems of nutrients and moisture.

Insecticides: Insecticides may be used to protect plants. Bt-based insecticides and sulfur are organic options that can be used for prevention. Sevin is a synthetic option. Sulfur also has fungicidal properties and helps in controlling many diseases. Before using a pesticide, please read the label and always follow cautions, warnings and directions.

Diseases: Disease can happen in cloudy, damp weather. Check plants daily and treat with an approved fungicide if diseases do appear. Neem oil, sulfur, and other fungicides are available for use. Please always follow label directions.


Harvest mugwort by cutting stalks. Store stalk bundles upside down to dry leaves for tea, herbs, moxibustion, tincture, etc.  Harvest or deadhead flowers to prevent invasive spread.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories 49
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.5 g 1%
Saturated fat 0.2 g 1%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 52 mg 2%
Potassium mg %
Total Carbohydrate 10 g 4%
Dietary fiber 1 g 4%
Protein 1 g 3%
Vitamin C % Calcium 1%
Iron % Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B6 % Cobalamin 0%
Magnesium %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.