coastal sagebrush Asteraceae Artemisia
californica Less. symbol: ARCA11
Leaf: Alternate, simple, persistent but drought deciduous, small, entire or very deeply divided into linear lobes, strongly aromatic, pubescent, early leaves are large, later leaves are smaller and tougher, appearing on stems that grow from the leaf axils, gray-green above and below.
Flower: Very small, yellow-green to pink, flower heads arranged in racemes, appearing in summer to late fall.
Fruit: Small achenes, ripening in December.
Twig: Slender, whispy and covered in pale pubescence, may be grooved.
Bark: Initially gray, becoming gray-brown.
Form: A dense multi-stem shrub to 5 feet.
Additional Range Information: Artemisia californica is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting coastal sagebrush.
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson