Artemisia verlotiorum

Artemisia verlotiorum, the Chinese mugwort, is a species of plant in the sunflower family, widespread across much of Eurasia.[3][4]

Artemisia verlotiorum
Artemisia verlotiorum - Botanischer Garten Mainz IMG 5511.JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Artemisia
A. verlotiorum
Binomial name
Artemisia verlotiorum
  • Artemisia verlotorum Lamotte, correct spelling according to Tropicos[1]
  • Artemisia leptostachya DC.
  • Artemisia selengensis Turcz.


It is named for Jean Baptiste Verlot, who first distinguished the plant from Artemisia vulgaris in 1877 and for his brother Pierre Bernard Verlot, and is sometimes referred to as Verlot's Mugwort.[5]


It has oblong reddish to brown capitula, its stems are green and the leaves broader, lighter colored and denser on the stem. The plant is more strongly and pleasantly aromatic than Artemisia vulgaris.[6] It flowers very late in the summer, but reproduces mainly by stolons, thus forming thick groups. Chinese Mugwort shares the same habitat as Artemisia vulgaris, and both are very common.

Artemisia verlotiorum is often confused with Artemisia vulgaris ("common mugwort"), which is closely related.[7]

Differences between Artemisia verlotiorum Artemisia vulgaris
Growth form rhizomes present, plant strongly stoloniferous rhizomes absent or present, plant not stoloniferous
Leaves lighter green dark green
Lobes of adult leaves lanceolate and entire ovate-lanceolate and toothed
Synflorescence green, nodding brownish, erect
Connective above anther acuminate acute
Scent aromatic not aromatic
Flowering period September–November July–September
Chromosome number 2n = 48 2n = 16


  1. ^ Tropicos, Artemisia verlotiorum Lamotte
  2. ^ The Plant List Artemisia verlotiorum Lamotte
  3. ^ Flora of China, 南艾蒿 nan ai hao Artemisia verlotorum Lamotte, Mém. Assoc. Franç. Congr. Clermont Ferrand. 1876: 511. 1876.
  4. ^ Altervista Flora Italiana, Assenzio dei fratelli Verlot, Artemisia verlotiorum Lamotte
  5. ^ Haider, F.; A.A. Naqvi; G.D. Bagchi (Sep–Oct 2006). "Chemical Constituents of Artemisia verlotiorum Essential Oil on Cultivation at the Subtropical Conditions of North India". Journal of Essential Oil Research. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  6. ^ "Artemisia". IENICA Database. IENICA. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  7. ^ Eleonora Gabrielian & Joan Vallès Xirau: New Data about the Genus Artemisia L. (Asteraceae) in Armenia. Willdenowia Bd. 26, H. 1/2 (Nov. 29, 1996), pp. 245-250. Archived June 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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