How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Artemisia, Mugwort, Sagebrush, Tarragon, Wormwood—Artemisia spp.
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Plant Identification

Artemisias are evergreen shrubs or perennials.  Leaves of most species are silvery white or silvery gray.  Other species have shiny and dark green leaves.  Flowers are usually insignificant, but some species produce small white or yellow flowers. 

Optimum conditions for growth

Artemisias are often found in mixed borders.  Smaller forms do well in containers.  Plants do well in full sun and require little to moderate amounts of water with good drainage.

Glowers of artemisia
Flowers of silver surfer mugwort


Pests and disorders of Artemisia spp.


Environmental disorders



Foliage of artemisia
Leaves of silver surfer mugwort

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