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Products > Artemisia californica
Artemisia californica - California Sagebrush

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Artemisia californica (California Sagebrush) - A evergreen (ever-gray) subshrub that grows to 3 to 4 feet tall 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. Works well as a fine textured small shrub on dry slopes and for color and texture variation with other native plants and the foliage is pleasantly aromatic when crushed. It is a great habitat plant for birds such as quail and the endangered California Gnatcatcher. This sage brush is native to much of central and southern California where it typically grows on west and north facing slopes as a component of the coastal sage scrub and chaparral plant communities. It also called Coastal Sagebrush, California Sagewort and California Mugwort. We also grow the selected low growing form Artemisia californica 'Canyon Gray' The information on this webpage is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of it as it grows in the nursery in containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it growing. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Artemisia californica.