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Silver Sagebrush
Artemisia cana

About Silver Sagebrush (Artemisia cana) Silver Sagebrush (Artemisia cana) is a native shrub that grows in Central and Northern California, primarily in the High Cascade Range, the Sierra Nevada Foothills and High Sierra Nevada regions. It is moderately fast growing and long-lived. It grows in an upright form to a height of 5 feet, with active growth during the spring, summer, fall. Flowers are yellow and bloom in the late summer. Leaves are gray-green and deciduous. It tends to grow in meadows and streambanks and gravelly places, at elevations from 5200-10800 feet.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
3 - 5 ft (0.9 - 1.5 m)


Growth Rate

Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Yellow, Cream, White

Flowering Season
Summer, Fall

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Meadows, streambanks and gravelly places


Elevation ?
1824' - 10837'

Annual Precip. ?
6.1" - 74.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.29" - 2.68"

Coldest Month ?
21.3° F - 44.6° F

Hottest Month ?
44.4° F - 74.0° F

Humidity ?
0.43 vpd - 24.79 vpd

Soil Description
Adaptable, tolerant of sand, loam and clay


Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Common uses
Bird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

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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