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Artemisia californica

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Artemisia californica
Artemisia californica
Artemisia californica
Artemisia californica

Botanical Name: Artemisia californica
Common Name: California Sagebrush

Strongly scented foliage. A typical plant of the Coastal Sage Scrub. Fine, silver-gray leaf texture offer a nice complement to a hedge or background planting. Recommended for erosion control.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3-4' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Upright, loose, and woody
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Grey-green
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Central West, Southwest, Northern Baja
Natural Habitat: Coastal scrub, chaparral, dry foothills especially near coast

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: A small shrub 2 1/2 to 4 feet high, desirable for its gray green finely cut aromatic foliage. Gallon cans, 40c."
Other Names
  • Common name 'Old Man' referenced in Theodore Payne catalogs.
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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