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Artemisia pycnocephala (Sand Hill Sage)

Beach Sagebrush, Beach Wormwood, Sand Hill Sage, Dune Sagewort, Coastal Strand Wormwood, Coastal Sagewort

Artemisia pycnocephala, Beach Sagebrush, Beach Wormwood, Sand Hill Sage, Dune Sagewort, Coastal Strand Wormwood, Coastal Sagewort, California Native Plant
Artemisia pycnocephala, Beach Sagebrush, Beach Wormwood, Sand Hill Sage, Dune Sagewort, Coastal Strand Wormwood, Coastal Sagewort, California Native Plant
Artemisia pycnocephala, Beach Sagebrush, Beach Wormwood, Sand Hill Sage, Dune Sagewort, Coastal Strand Wormwood, Coastal Sagewort, California Native Plant

Artemisia pycnocephala (Sand Hill Sage) is a low-growing, evergreen perennial forming a soft mound of pleasantly aromatic, silky-gray, finely divided foliage. Clusters of small yellow flowers appear in summer on arching stalks to 18 in. tall (45 cm). If the flower stems are removed as they appear, the plant will remain more compact and attractive. Native to the western United States coastline extending from Oregon to Central California, Sand Hill Sage grows on bluffs and in sandy soils exposed to salt air and wind. It thrives in coastal gardens, but often dies in hot inland gardens during periods of summer heat.

  • Grows up to 12-18 in. tall (30-45 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Performs best in dry,sandy, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerant of wind, heat, drought and salt.
  • Excellent for coastal gardens, xeriscape gardens or as a groundcover.
  • Cut back in the fall to prevent the plant from getting too woody over time. Pinch growth of young plants, if desired, to promote bushy branching.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Propagation is from seed or division of the root crown.
  • Native to California, Oregon.

Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 10
Climate Zones 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Artemisia
Common names Sagebrush
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Pacific Northwest, California, Oregon
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden
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Artemisia absinthium (Wormwood)
Artemisia douglasiana (Douglas Mugwort)
Artemisia frigida (Prairie Sagebrush)
Artemisia filifolia (Sand Sagebrush)
Artemisia tridentata (Big Sagebrush)
Artemisia ludoviciana ‘Valerie Finnis’ (White Sage)

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Abronia latifolia (Yellow Sand Verbena)
Calystegia soldanella (Beach Morning Glory)
Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia (Beach Primrose)
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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 10
Climate Zones 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Artemisia
Common names Sagebrush
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Pacific Northwest, California, Oregon
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden
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Do I Need?
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