Artemisia vulgaris L.

Etymology Genus After Artemis a goddess in Greek mythology, or after Artemisia II, who was the wife of Mausolus (377–353 BC), ruler of Caria
Species Common
Family Asteraceae
Synonyms -
Common Names Common Mugwort
Status Exotic: Cultivated Only
Form Herb
Native Distribution North Africa, Temperate Asia, and Europe


A herb grown for its medicinal or culinary usage, the leaves are immediately identifiable for being deeply pinnately lobed. The underside of the leaves are whitish.

Interesting Facts:

Also known as Moxa, the herb is used in a form of Chinese acupuncture (Moxibustion) where, it is placed (in a shape of a cigar) placed over the ends of the acupuncture needle and burn, with the heat being conducted down to the body (Landgren, 2008). The essential oil from the herb will convert the body in a thin layer. Allergic reactions can sometimes occur due to the presence of the toxic chemical, thujones found in the plant (Chan & Lin, 2010).

Common Mugwort in Pavilion Edible Garden, 2020.


Widely lobed leaf.



Landgren K (2008) A brief look at traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Ear Acupuncture, 13-19. 

Chan K & Lin ZX (2010) Treatments used in complementary and alternative medicine. Side Effects of Drugs Annual 32 - A Worldwide Yearly Survey of New Data and Trends in Adverse Drug Reactions and Interactions, 879-889.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2020-02-02 / Modified: 2020-02-09