Artemisia californica 'Montara'

Montara Sagebrush

Plant family: Asteraceae - Sunflower


Plant type: Groundcover, Slope Stabilizer, Sub-shrub

Plant origin: N/A, Horticultural Selection

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Flower Color Insignificant
Blooming Season Fall, Summer
Height 1-2 feet
Spread 1-5 feet, 5-10 feet
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Clay, Decomposed Granite, Sand, Adaptable

Special Characteristic

Attracts Wildlife, Exceptional Fragrance, Slope Stabilizer, Tolerant of Clay Soil

Plant Highlights

If you need an unusual groundcover that can tolerate the hot dry summer, try this low, spreading artemisia. This lovely groundcover sagebrush has a nice neat, dense form with aromatic gray green foliage. It's a great way to add texture, color contrast and fragrance in a drought-tolerant garden. Despite it's north coast origins we have found 'Montara' to thrive in hot inland conditions with almost no supplmental water. Some speculate that it is a natural hybrid between Artemisia calif. and Artemisia pycnocephala. This is fast becoming a landscaping favorite, but is not commercially grown in many nurseries and so is hard to find.
'Montara' was selected from a cutting at Montara Mountain by Roger Raiche and introduced by Wildwood nursery in 1987.

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I’ve had mine in the ground for 2 years now and it’s only grown to about 1.5’ diameter. However it’s only about 8” high and it’s very pretty. It’s growing in a rather shady spot so maybe a sunnier spot will make a more robust plant. Too bad there aren’t any available right now.

Posed by: Sherie Hubble, on Feb 16 2024 9:59PM

I love this groundcover. Soft, inviting touching by little ones. Smells lovely.

Posed by: Amy Torres, on Apr 15 2019 8:44AM