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Western Mugwort

Artemisia ludoviciana

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low-moderate
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Wind
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
2-3' × 2-6'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season August-November
Flower Color Grey
Minimum Temperature Range -20 °F
Leaf Description Typically greyish green, with shallow or deep lobes
Fruit Achenes (dry single seeded fruit)
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Elevation Range 2500-8500 ft.
Description Western mugwort is a very widespread member of the Arizona flora, occuring essentially all over the state in a number of habitats, though it is often seen in and around sandy washes and on slopes. This plant spreads rhizomatously (by the roots) and lends itself well to planting in basins where it will knit the soil together with its roots. Be cautious if planting near other plants as mugwort can be somewhat aggressive in a garden bed. The flowers are fairly inconspicuous but the foliage is lovely and fragrant, and this species makes a great foundation planting.