Artemisia douglasiana

Douglas' mugwort

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Moist, Naturalize, Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 4' X 6'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



Mugwort is one of the most adaptable and widespread of California’s native plants. It grows in a variety of plant communities in every part of the state except the deserts of the southeast. It forms unassuming stands of light green, fragrant stalks to about four feet. These spread primarily by runners. Mugwort is extremely adaptable to a variety of growing conditions, but responds well to moisture when provided. If summer water is withheld, Mugwort will go largely dormant by the end of the summer. It is a host plant for the similarly widespread american lady butterfly, and many others. Mugwort lends a wild look to a corner of the garden. It may also be used for bank stabilization as it forms a dense thicket.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen