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Gardening sheet artemesia douglasiana


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Gardening sheet artemesia douglasiana

  1. 1. California Mugwort – Artemesia douglasiana (ar-tuh-MEE-see-a dug-las-ee-AY(or ANN)-nuh) Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower Family) Native to: Much of the western U.S. coast from OR to Baja & inland to NV; found in moist areas of many plant communities including freshwater marshes, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands and even pine forest. Growth characteristics: spreading perennial mature height: 1-5 ft. mature width: spreading Perennial shrub/sub-shrub arising from a rhizome. Grows vigorously in the late winter through midspring. Blooms/fruits: Blooms June through October. Flowers small, yellow-green, insignificant. Uses in the garden: Mostly used as ground-cover in areas receiving a little summer water. Pleasant mint-like look (leaves are white beneath; green above) and sage-like aroma. Can be invasive, so best used only in contained areas, or on dry hillsides for erosion control. Does fine under trees & taller shrubs like Mule Fat, willows. An important medicinal & spiritual plant for Native Californians. Sensible substitute for: Non-native ground-cover plants like ivy. Attracts: Provides cover for ground-feeling birds and seeds for food. Provides nectar for insects. Requirements: Element Sun Soil Water Fertilizer Other Requirement Full sun to part shade (probably better in many warmer gardens) Any local texture, pH Low summer water needs, but can take occasional summer water. Can stand seasonal flooding. Organic mulch fine Prune back to ground in late fall/winter for a more manicured look. Locate where will not become invasive – forms large colonies if given the opportunity. Pretty easy to grow. Management: Propagation: from seed: fresh seed, summer by cuttings: best by divisions, rhizomes Plant/seed sources (see list for source numbers): 1-3, 5, 8, 10, 12-14, 16, 18, 20, 24 11/23/10 © Project SOUND