Artemisia californica

Photo courtesy of Takao Nursery

This selection of our native sagebrush from San Mateo county forms a mound of finely cut, fragrant, silvery foliage to 2’ tall and up to 3’ wide. Introduced by famed horticulturist Roger Raiche, this hardy, long-lived perennial is perfect for adding texture or striking silvery-gray foliage to any dry garden bed. Though it tolerates seaside conditions it can thrive in hot inland environments. Once established it needs little or no Summer water. The silvery tones contrast nicely with other dry garden native perennials such as Ceanothus, Arctostaphylos, Eriogonums, Mimulus, or Salvia spathacea. In Summer it sports tiny yellow flowers that attract butterflies. It also provides shelter for small birds and local wildlife. Plant this deer resistant beauty in well-drained soil and water just enough to establish it. Prune as needed for the desired shape.

Curious Plantsman

Full Sun
Low/No Summer Water

CA Native Perennial
USDA zones 7-10