Artemisia lactiflora (Guizhou Group)

Common Name: white mugwort 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Asteraceae
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 4.00 to 5.00 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: August to September
Bloom Description: Creamy white
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Drought


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers rich, moist soils with good drainage.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Artemisia lactiflora, commonly called white mugwort is an erect, clump-forming perennial which typically grows 4-5' tall. Features upright, branched, 12-18", astilbe-like, terminal sprays (loose panicles) of creamy white flowers which bloom atop stiff, dark mahogany stems in late summer. Stems usually do not need staking. Pinnately divided blackish-green leaves have coarsely toothed segments. Most artemisias have non-ornamental flowers and are grown primarily for their attractive silver/gray foliage. By comparison, the white mugworts have attractive flowers and green (blackish-green in the case of this cultivar) leaves.

Genus is named for Artemis, Greek goddess of the moon, wild animals and hunting.


No serious insect or disease problems. Rust and powdery mildew are occasional problems.

Garden Uses

Border rears.