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
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)