What are the pros? Drought tolerant, Aromatic
What are the cons? Weed from hell
When I finally identified the weed that had taken over my lawn and most of one of my flower beds, I was interested to find out that it was also a medicinal herb used since ancient times. However, mugwort is not interesting or useful enough to justify planting it in any garden other than that of your worst enemy's. It is incredibly invasive--even in my light sandy soil it is a real bear to pull up, because the brittle, long underground roots extend several feet in every direction and must be thoroughly removed to prevent them giving rise to new plants. 3 years' worth of attempts to thoroughly remove this weed by hand pulling have only served to (barely) keep it from overtaking the entire yard. I also made the poor choice of planting a Chrysanthemum 'Cambodian Queen' in the same bed near where it occurs...it is extremely difficult to tell it apart from the emerging Chrysanthemum offshoots when I am weeding, as the leaves are very, very similar. What a pain.
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