Artemisia pycnocephala (Less.) DC.
Beach sagebrush, Beach wormwood, Sand hill sage
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: ARPY3
A low, dense, mounding perennial with delicate, silky-gray, finely divided foliage. The plant grows 1-2 ft. high with a 2-3 ft. spread.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Margin: Entire
Size Notes: Height 1-2 feet, spread to 2 feet.
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: CA , OR
Native Distribution: Coastal areas of n. CA
Native Habitat: Sandy beaches & dunes
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: A good accent or quick fill plant. Looks best the first couple years, then becomes a fire hazard if it is out of ocean spray. Pollen is a cause of hayfever.
BenefitFragrant Foliage: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsProvides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Propagation is from seed or division of the root crown.
Seed Treatment: No treatment.
Commercially Avail: yes
Maintenance: More compact and attractive if flower stems are removed as they appear.
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Artemisia pycnocephala in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Artemisia pycnocephala in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Artemisia pycnocephala
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-12-23
Research By: TWC Staff