View Full Version : Help identifying a plant

09-05-2014, 02:26 PM
I got this CA native plant (see attached) and the nursery had a label on it as California Pipevine (Aristolochia californica). For years, that's what I've been calling it. Then I actually looked up CA pipevine, and it looks nothing like this. So I'm pretty sure this plant was mislabeled by the nursery.

So help: what is this plant!? Can anybody identify? I've looked in books and online and can't figure it out.

Thanks much,

09-23-2014, 04:38 PM
Does it flower or have a scent? It looks like some wild flowers I have, before they flower, but it if you have had it for years it can't be an annual. Not really sure. Is that humming bird sage next to it?

09-23-2014, 04:44 PM
It doesn't have much of a scent. In 3 years it has never flowered (though when I bought it, the guy who sold it to me said it was a flower since that is all that I was interested in).

And yes, that is hummingbird sage next to it.


09-28-2014, 12:31 AM
I believe the plant is an Artemisia species,
A. pycnocephala

This species is found along the coast in dunes away from the shore and
along sandy river banks.

Doreen Smith
11-04-2014, 10:12 AM
Artemisia californica

11-06-2014, 05:49 AM
Thanks everyone for your help! The mystery is solved.