Artemisia douglasiana


This aromatic shrub grows 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide. It has large toothed leaves similar to those of Maples. The leaves are green in the spring but turn the more characteristic grayish color as temperatures increase. Mugwort is common in riparian forest and oak woodland plant communities. Plant it in shady areas and give it moderate amounts of water.

Wildlife value: Many different types of birds visit this plant. Some eat the seeds, some sip the nectar, and others eat the leaves.

Other uses: Mugwort is reputed to have aphrodisiac properties. It is often used to make sachets and dream pillows. It has been used medicinally as a digestive aid, a nerve sedative, and a female reproductive tonic. A tea made from the leaves is anti-fungal and anti-microbial.