Species: Artemisia californica
Common names: California sagebrush, Coastal sagebrush, California sagewort, California mugwort
History/Folklore: Native to California, California Sagebrush is a shrub that can attain a height of 5-8 feet whose leaves have a strong sage like aroma. It provides a habitat for several animal species, most importantly the rare and endangered California gnatcatcher.
Native Americans utilized California Sagebrush as a decoction to treat menstrual problems as well as aid in childbirth. As a poultice, it was also utilized for toothaches and wounds. It was also smoked ceremonially as well as used in sweat lodges.
Has a wispy appearance with its soft somewhat hairy leaves on slender stems.
Parts Used: leaves
Collection: Harvest and dry in mid-summer. Cut stems and hang to dry.
Actions: diaphoretic, emmenagogue, bitter.
Indications: promotes sweating, regulates menstruation, aids in digestion.
Counter indications: Avoid during pregnancy.
Cultivation: Perennial to zone 7. Prefers dry soil. Propagation is layering or cuttings.
Light: Full sun
Zones : 7-9
Plant Type: Perennial, Herb, Shrub