Common Mugwort. Hardy fast growing perennial to 1.2m for sunny spot. Drought hardy. The leaves are bitter but their addition to the diet aids the digestion and so they can be used in small quantities as a flavouring, especially with fatty foods. In Japan the young leaves are used as a potherb. The dried leaves and flowering tops are steeped into tea. They have also been used as a flavouring in beer, though fell into virtual disuse once hops came into favour. Mugwort has a long history of use in herbal medicine especially in matters connected to the digestive system, menstrual complaints and the treatment of worms. It is slightly toxic, however, and should never be used by pregnant women. The fresh or the dried plant repels insects, it can be used as a spray but caution is advised since it can also inhibit plant growth. A weak tea made from the infused plant is a good all-purpose insecticide. 9cm pot.