Scientific Name

Artemisia californica Less.

Family

Asteraceae

General

Native to coastal habitats of California and Baja California.  This bushy shrub, with a sage-like smell to its foliage, is one of the characteristic plants of the Coastal Sage Scrub plant community of the southern California Chaparral.      

Information on the ethnobotany of this species in Southern California can be found here.     

CI

Very common on CI habitats.

References

See this species on CalFlora.

The Jepson Manual (2012:  252, Artemisia by Lelia M. Shulz).

Dale (2000:  52)

McAuley (1996:  193).

artemisiacalifornica-30mar2003-aArtemisia californica on hillside to the west of University Glen, CI, note the white flower of Calochortus catalinae in the upper right corner (30 March 2003).

 

artemisia-californica-11jan2016-1Artemisia californica on hill above (south) of Malibu Hall, CI campus (11 January 2016).

 

artemisia-californica-19mar2016-2Artemisia californica on east face of hillside to west of University Glen, CI campus (19 March 2016).

 

artemisia-californica-20mar2016-1Artemisia californica, a young plant on west face of hillside above (east) Camarillo Street, CI campus.  Note evidence of fire still quite visible almost three years following Springs Fire (20 March 2016).

 

artemisia-californica-20mar2016-2Artemisia californica, a young plant on west face of hillside above (east) Camarillo Street, CI campus (20 March 2016).

 

artemisia-californica-20mar2016-3Artemisia californica to north of University Glen, CI campus (20 March 2016).