California sagebrush, Artemisia californica is an evergray shrub, three
to four foot high. This sage brush is native to much of Central and
Southern California and is part of the 'sage' in coastal sage scrub.
Historically it made it up into lower Mendocino county and down into
Baja usually within 50 miles of the ocean.
Artemisia californica likes full sun, near coast, west and even north
slope inland and little or no water after established. Although it
doesn't seem to care if it has clay or sand, this sagebrush hates being
wet in the summer.
A Tea was used for fever, (you'd have to have a fever to drink it) smoke
of burning brush used for removing skunk odor (although I'm not sure
which is worse). It was also one of the items used for smudging.
Great wildlife plant, Quail love it! Good plant for starting back a
difficult south facing coastal sage scrub site. It is amazing to find
oaks regularly coming up under this plant.
Associated plants include; Adenostoma fasciculatum, Baccharis pilularis consanguinea, Diplacus aurantiacus, Eriogonum fasciculatum var.
foliolosum, Eriogonum parvifolium, Lotus scoparius,Malosma laurina, Rhus ovata, Rhus integrifolia, Salvia apiana, Salvia mellifera and Trichostema lanatum
Artemisia californica tolerates alkaline soil, sand and clay.
Foliage of Artemisia californica has color silver and is evergreen.
Flower of Artemisia californica has color na.
Communities for Artemisia californica:Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, Coastal Strand and Central Oak Woodland.