Artemisia californica Less.
Coastal Sagebrush, California Sagebrush
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: ARCA11
There are two varieties of this sagebrush, one on the mainland and the other on the Channel Islands.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Size Notes: Up to about 8 feet tall, often much shorter.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Native Distribution: Coastal CA
Native Habitat: Coastal scrublands; semi-alkaline flats; dry slopes
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Poor, dry, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: After bloom, cut stems back if a neater appearance is desired. Useful for erosion control. Fast-growing. Pollen is a cause of hayfever.
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.
PropagationDescription: Increase by cuttings taken in cool weather. Seeds germinate readily.
Commercially Avail: yes
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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
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
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
Search More Titles in Bibliography
Web ReferenceWebref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Artemisia californica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Artemisia californica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Artemisia californica
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-11-22
Research By: TWC Staff