common wormwood, mugwort, sage-wort
[Artemisia vulgaris var. vulgaris L.]
Etymology: Artemisia: referring to the Greek goddess Artemis who so benefited from a plant of this family that she gave it her own name
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall forb, unbranched to inflorescence; stems with white fuzz toward the top; from rhizomes
Leaves: alternate, lance-shaped, silvery, mostly undivided or with a few large teeth or lobes, not feathery
Flowers: head cream to green; inflorescence dense, long, spike-like clusters; blooms July-Oct.
Fruits: dry seed
Habitat: dry; prairies, disturbed sites
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 3, Wetland Indicator = UPL Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"