Variegated Mugwort 'Variegata'

Artemisia vulgaris

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Artemisia (ar-te-MIZ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall


Grown for foliage



Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Denver, Colorado

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 8, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is a variegated form of the common perennial weed, mugwort. It spreads both underground and by seed just as aggressively as the species, and is just as bad a neighbor to other plants in beds and borders.

The flowers are ornamentally insignificant, but they still produce seeds. Seedlings are not variegated and are stronger than the variegated form, so plantings generally revert to the plain species after a few years.

If you grow this in a container, look out for non-variegated seedlings nearby. If you like the foliage, there are better variegated plants without the maintenance headaches this one brings.


On May 12, 2011, skhamby from Lancing, TN wrote:

While I must admit that this plant is pretty to look at, it is by far the most invasive plant I've dealt with in 10 years of gardening. I wish I had researched the plant better before my purchase. I planted a small, cute rounded shrub-like pot of this and have spend the subsequent 5 years tearing it out. It has spread as far as 20 feet from the orignial site by runners from the host plant!


On May 31, 2008, jgrandma from Denver, CO wrote:

This plant seems to have been brought into my yard with a tree planted by the builder. It is a noxious weed and I have fought it the five years we have lived here.