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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Artemisia pycnocephala (Less.) DC.
Beach sagebrush, Beach wormwood, Sand hill sage
USDA Symbol: arpy3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Subshrub Root Type: Tap Leaf Retention: Evergreen Leaf Arrangement: Alternate Leaf Margin: Entire Size Notes:
Height 1-2 feet, spread to 2 feet. Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
CA , OR Native Distribution:
Coastal areas of n. CA Native Habitat:
Sandy beaches & dunes USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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
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.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-12-23
Research By: TWC Staff