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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 3 to 6 feet
Plant Spread: 1-3 feet or more
Leaves: Fragrant
Other: reason plant used
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Brown
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Oct 5, 2020 7:48 AM

I and many American states consider this plant as a noxious weed. It is one of the most invasive weeds in much of eastern and middle-western North America. It is native to Europe to Iran into Siberia and to North Africa. It was brought as a medicinal herb to the British colonies in the 1600's and got loose and naturalized. One has to be very careful if one uses this for some medical uses because too much of this is toxic. It emerges in spring looking like a young Chrysanthemum and even with the fragrant crushed foliage smelling like a Mum. However, it gets bigger and sprawls a lot. It is not a good-looking perennial and it spread aggressively from its many big white rhizomes (underground stems), creating colonies. I've seen huge swaths of this weed being much of meadow in southeast Pennsylvania. It takes many attacks of digging, hoeing, pulling, and/or herbicide applications to kill it off. It should be exterminated anywhere outside its native range. I don't know of any insect or any kind of animal feeding off of this species in North America; so, it is not useful for animal life here. The generic name of Artemisia comes from the name of Artemis, the Greek Goddess of the Moon; I am sure named after some better species of this genus.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Nov 18, 2011 2:17 PM

Could be considered invasive.
Could be considered architectural.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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What is this? by amandag430 Aug 6, 2018 7:31 AM 3
Do these leaves belong to a mugwort plant? by syrrious Jul 3, 2018 1:33 PM 2
Weed ID please? by Frenchy21 Jun 15, 2018 10:35 AM 3

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