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Artemisia arbuscula

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About Low Sagebrush (Artemisia arbuscula) Artemisia arbuscula is a species of sagebrush known by the common names little sagebrush, low sagebrush, or black sagebrush. It is native to the western United States from Washington to California to Colorado, where it grows in open, exposed habitat on dry, sterile soils high in rock and clay content. This is a gray-green to gray shrub forming mounds generally no higher than 30 centimeters. Its many branches are covered in hairy leaves each less than a centimeter long. The flower cluster is a spike-shaped array of clusters of hairy flower heads. Each head contains a few pale yellow disc florets. The fruit is a tiny achene less than a millimeter wide.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1 - 2 ft (0.3 - 0.6 m)

Growth Rate

Flower Color
White, Cream, Yellow

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Clay soil slopes


Elevation ?
671' - 13985'

Annual Precip. ?
7.4" - 114.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.40" - 3.88"

Coldest Month ?
18.6° F - 47.0° F

Hottest Month ?
39.4° F - 74.2° F

Humidity ?
0.38 vpd - 22.10 vpd

Soil Description
Adaptable, tolerant of sand, loam and clay


Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Groundcovers, Bird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Little Sagebrush, Black Sagebrush

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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