Artemisia vulgaris
Mugwort, Ai-Ye

Artemisia vulgaris, Mugwort, Ai-Ye


This unusually hardy and vigorous perennial will not disappoint you. This aromatic Amazon can grow to over six feet tall. The luscious foliage, dark green with a fuzzy silver underside, makes seed in late August. Makes an excellent hedge, screen or large element in the garden. Easily divided fall or spring. A bit invasive, we always have some to give away to a friend who becomes enchanted.
Grow specs:
Direct seeded in early spring and thinned to 2-6 feet Any soil. Full sun.

After processing, the leaf is used in Chinese medicine as moxa, which is burned over acupuncture points to warm and stimulate the energy of the meridians. As a tea it has been used as a nerve and stomach tonic, diuretic, and to clear coldness. Mugwort has a long and uninterrupted history as a friend and healer to humans.   (Photo © Steven Foster)

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