Artemisia pycnocephala

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Artemisia pycnocephala
Artemisia pycnocephala 1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Artemisia
Species: A. pycnocephala
Binomial name
Artemisia pycnocephala

Artemisia pycnocephala is a species of sagebrush known by the common names beach wormwood, sandhill sage, and coastal sagewort.[1]

This plant is native to the western United States coastline extending from Oregon to Central California. It is a leafy perennial wormwood forming clumps about half a meter in height. It extends erect stems covered in dense foliage which ranges in color from light green to nearly white. The fuzzy inflorescences are studded with small lobular leaves and rounded yellowish flower buds. The plant is aromatic but much less so than are other wormwoods.

Plant community and distribution[edit]

Artemisia Pycnocephala is native to California's Coastal Strand plant community where it enjoys rocky and sandy soil. According to The University[clarification needed] and Jepson Herbaria, this plant prefers to grow under 200 m. It classifies this plant's distribution as North Coast, Central Coast, and Oregon.[2] Its distribution in California is Alameda, Del Norte, Humboldt, Inyo, Mendocino, Monterey, Marin, Santa Cruz, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, and Sonoma counties.[3]


The plant is used as a spice in tarragon drink.[4]


  1. ^ Common names Retrieved on June 13th, 2012
  2. ^ The University and Jepson Herbaria,719,741
  3. ^ California Native Plant Exchange
  4. ^ Uses Retrieved on June 13th, 2012

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