Chinese Mugwort, Artemisia verlotiorum
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Also known as Tree Mugwort or Verlot’s Mugwort. This plant grows in long stem form reaching heights between 1-3m (I’ve not had it grow 3m personally).
Has similar uses as European mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) but prefers a sunnier spot and copes with dry spells well. A short article about Chinese mugwort can be found here. The smell of the leaves are more aromatic than European mugwort.
I have to make an admission… I actually thought I had Artemisia vulgaris here; over the last year I’ve noticed that other people’s mugwort had much rounder leaves than mine, I thought it was just a slight different variation. After extensive research I have discovered that I was wrong and I have Artemisia verlotiorum. I’m embarrassed and slightly ashamed (should’ve known better, I bought my original plant from a non herb specialist) but on the other hand I’m stoked I have another Artemisia for my collection I’ve been building. And fortunately the constituents and uses of both herbs are very similar, phew!
I do now have Artemisia vulgaris but she needs to build up before I can divide from her.