Mugwort, Artemesia argyi ‘Moxa’
DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: This is the artemesia used to make moxa, the smudge stick-like burning wand used in acupuncture to move blood. The fuzz found on the leaves underside was rolled off and made the original moxa. This is the most beautifully scented perennial artemesia. This spreads vigorously and needs to be planted between a rock and a hard place, like next to my driveway to hold in check. A. argyi grows to 4-5 feet tall.
PART USED: above ground portion
FUNCTION: This scented artemesia is used in smudge sticks. I also use branches in linen closets and with bedding, towels or packed woolen sweaters to keep moths away and to benefit these items with this earthy, delicious scent.