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Mugwort

Mugwort 
Artemisia vulgaris

mugwort
Mugwort
Artemisia vulgaris

Life cycle: clump forming perennial 

Growth habit: herbaceous invasive; leaves deeply dissected, similar to ragweed, but strongly scented like chrysanthemum; Height to 4 ft., but tolerates close mowing and cultivation. Very difficult to control. 
Reproduction: spreads by extensive rhizomes; flowers inconspicuous in terminal leafy spikes 
Control: Never till it. Each root piece will generate a new plant. You can smother it (black plastic or layers of newspapers covered with mulch). Or you can exhaust the root system by continuous pulling or removal of the leaves (this is difficult.) You can also use a systemic non-selective herbicide that contains glyphosate that will travel down and kill the roots. A combination of these methods is the best approach. 

mugwort rhizomes 
Mugwort extensive roots/rhizomes



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