Artemisia pycnocephala

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Botanical Name: Artemisia pycnocephala
Common Name: Sandhill Sagebrush

Delicate looking silvery foliage, lush growth. Cut back flowerheads to keep mounded form. This sagebrush is native to coastal dunes and does best in coastal gardens with good drainage.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Upright, dense
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Coast: full sun; Inland: part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Moderate to regular
Cold Hardy to: Frost tender
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Monterey County to Humbolt County
Natural Habitat: Sand dunes

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Rather stout stems, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 feet high, branching from a woody base. Beautiful finely cut silvery foliage. A very decorative plant from the sand hills of Monterey County. Gallon cans, 60c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.