Horticultural selection from Artemisia pycnocephala from Point Reyes just north of San Francisco. This tightly mounding shrub has delicate silvery leaves, then produces taller flower stems as it matures. Cut the flower stems back to maintain it’s neat habit. Well-draining soil is a must for this plant and be sure not to over water. It is an excellent plant for the front of a border or use as groundcover where it’s delicate foliage can be appreciated. use it to contrast against darker green plants such as low-growing Ceanothus, Adenostema ‘San Nicolas’ or Iris. It is at home on the coast but also thrives inland.
‘David’s Choice’ was selected from Point Reyes and introduced by David Amme. Grows best in sandy, coarse-grained or other fast draining soil. Prefers sun in coastal sites, and sun or part shade in inland sites. Selected for the garden.
Sun: Full Sun, Part Shade
Ease of Care: Very Easy
Cold Tolerance: Tolerates cold to 32° F
Soil Drainage: Fast
Soil Description: Sandy, coarse-grained or other fast draining soils. Soil PH: 5.0 – 8.0
Common uses: Groundcovers, Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens
Companion Plants: Use with other species of coastal strand such as Verbena (Abronia sp.), Beach Morning Glory (Calystegia soldanella), Beach Evening-primrose (Camissioniopsis cheiranthifolia), Cobweb Thistle (Cirsium occidentale), Seaside Daisy (Erigeron glaucus), Coast Buckwheat (Eriogonum latifolium), Seaside Golden Yarrow (Eriophyllum staechadifolium), Gumweed (Grindelia stricta), Lupine (Lupinus sp., and Silverweed (Potentilla anserina)
Sunset Zones: 4*, 5, 7*, 8*, 9*, 14*, 15, 16, 17, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22, 23, 24
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