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Products > Artemisia californica 'Canyon Gray'
Artemisia californica 'Canyon Gray' - Coastal Sagebrush
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Synonyms: [A. 'Canyon Grey', Hort.]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 8-10 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Artemisia californica 'Canyon Gray' (Coastal Sagebrush) - A large scale groundcover that remains under 2 feet tall and spreads to form a compact mat to 10 feet wide with finely divided light gray-green leaves that have 1 to 2 inch long threadlike lobes. The flowers are within are held within a sparse leafy inflorescence and so are fairly inconspicuous. Plant in full sun along the coast to part day sun in inland valley in a sandy to clay soil so long as it has decent drainage. Little or no irrigation is required once established but avoid summer irrigation. Hardy to about 20-25 F. A great plant for dry slopes, open ground that drains well or a wall planting and the foliage is very aromatic when crushed. This was a 1980 Santa Barbara Botanic Garden selection of a prostrate form of Artemisia californica found growing in a windswept area on San Miguel Island by Ralph Philbrick, then the Director of Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. We started growing this great California native selection in 1989. More information on this plant can be found on the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's Plant Introduction PageThe information presented on this page is based on research that we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it growing in the nursery's garden and in other gardens we have visited, as well how it performs in our nursery crops out in the field. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they have knowledge of cultural information that would aid others in growing Artemisia californica 'Canyon Gray'.