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Island Sage Brush Back to Plant Page
Artemisia nesiotica

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About Island Sage Brush (Artemisia nesiotica) Artemisia nesiotica is a species of sagebrush known by the common name island sagebrush. It is endemic to the three of the eight Channel Islands of California. This is a small shrub growing up to about half a meter tall and generally rounded in shape. It produces several thin, upright stems from a woody base. The foliage is made up of woolly leaves divided into many thin, flat, threadlike segments. The flower cluster is a narrow cluster of several flower heads. The fruit is a tiny resinous achene with a pappus of hairs.
Plant Description
Plant Type

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

Flower Color
Cream, White, Yellow

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer, Fall

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky slopes


Elevation ?
6' - 1574'

Annual Precip. ?
8.1" - 12.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.16" - 0.26"

Coldest Month ?
52.5° F - 57.5° F

Hottest Month ?
63.9° F - 72.0° F

Humidity ?
1.53 vpd - 15.64 vpd

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Common uses
Groundcovers, Bird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Island 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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