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Dune Sagewort
Artemisia pycnocephala
  
About Dune Sagewort (Artemisia pycnocephala) 20 Nurseries Carry This Plant Artemisia pycnocephala is a species of sagebrush in the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family known by the common names Beach Sagewort, Beach Wormwood and Coastal Sagewort. This plant is native to the western United States coastline extending from Oregon to Central California. It is a leafy perennial wormwood forming clumps about half a meter in height. It extends erect stems covered in dense foliage which ranges in color from light green to nearly white. The fuzzy flower clusters are studded with small lobular leaves and rounded yellowish flower buds. The plant is aromatic but much less so than are other wormwoods. It is restricted to the immediate coast, often in dunes, where it is protected from temperature extremes. There is a popular cultivar known as 'David's Choice'.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
1.6 ft tall
3 ft wide

Form
Form
Spreading

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
Fragrant - Pleasant

Flower Color
Flower Color
Cream, White, Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
 
Various insects are attracted to the flowers. Nesting bees utilize the plant material.

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 16 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 2x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 30° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Generally prefers sand. Soil PH: 5.0 - 8.0

Common uses
Common uses
Groundcovers, Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
4, 5*, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15*, 16*, 17*, 19, 20, 21, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Rocky or sandy soils, coastal strand, from Monterey County northward, no more than a few miles inland

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 10.7" - 71.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.19" - 2.06", Coldest Month: 44.6" - 52.8", Hottest Month: 55.6" - 72.6", Humidity: 0.07" - 17.44", Elevation: -75" - 870"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Beach Sagewort, Beach Wormwood, Coastal Sagewort


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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