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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Unranked: Angiosperms
Unranked: Eudicots
Unranked: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Artemisia
Species: A. pycnocephala
Binomial name
Artemisia pycnocephala
(Less.) DC.

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

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.

Common NamesEdit

Sand Hill Sage, Beach sagebrush, Beach wormwood



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