Sandhill sage

Artemisia pycnocephala


The Sandhill sage is a delicate herbaceous perennial plant that grows 8-12 in. tall and spreads 18-24 in. across. Its soft foliage is comprised of finely divided silvery gray-green leaves. Clusters of small yellow flowers develop on arching stalks to 18 in. tall and are noticeable in late spring.

This petite artemisia species is native to coastal regions of central to northern California where it grows on bluffs and in sandy soils exposed to salt air and wind. In Inland Empire gardens it is combined with other native perennials from the coast, including Beach aster and Common thrift in areas of morning sun and partial afternoon shade. It grows best on well-drained soils and with low amounts of supplemental water during the summer.

Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Silvery white
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Sand, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Foliage accent plant, California native, Borders, Banks, Fragrant foliage, Small spaces
Height: 8 in. – 12 in.
Width: 18 in. – 24 in.