Artemisia douglasiana (Mugwort)
California Mugwort, Douglas' Sagewort, or Dreamplant
A dicot perennial herb that grows 8 feet high by 4 feet wide. Artemisia douglasiana is in the sunflower family but grows more like a California sagebrush. 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. 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.
-Prefers Full sun, but tolderates part sun and full shade
-Grows in sandy and clay soils
-Hardy to 0 degrees
-Butterfly Gardens, Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens
-Prune in late fall