Artemisia vulgaris* /Aster Family
(INN) Rank 2
I had seen this plant in the garden (and pulled it up in vain!) in the front of my school for years. The leaves look and smell like garden chrysanthemums, but I never saw any flowers. I finally saw it in bloom in late October. I noticed that the small flowers were very attractive to Yellow Jacket wasps. It is a noxious weed that is very difficult to eradicate. The lower leaves look like chrysanthemums and the upper ones are three-parted like a bird's foot. Mugwort is in the same genus as Sagebrush that grows in the U.S. western states. There aren't many wildflowers that I would call ugly, but these will never win any beauty contests!
Where seen: Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP