Artemisia

The Original CA Native Plant Journal

Juniperus grandis alpine. Credit J. Bisbee.

Welcome to Artemisia, the journal of the California Native Plant Society, published twice a year and free to CNPS members. Our current digital issue is now available to the general public. To learn more and to access past issues, please scroll down.

About the Journal's Name

“In any California biome you visit, you’ll find Artemisia. For many of us, its sweet fragrance and soft palette evoke a sense of being home,” said Gordon Leppig,  an Artemisia editorial board member and retired senior environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. “We can’t think of a more beautiful way to honor both the past and future of our much-loved journal.”

In 2020, the CNPS board of directors unanimously voted to rename Fremontia in recognition that John C. Frémont, from whom dozens of California plants derive their names, was responsible for the massacres of Native Americans in the Sacramento Valley and Klamath Lake. (Learn more about the board’s decision, and the history that informed it, in the Vol. 48., No. 1 edition of the journal, here, and on the website of the California Native American Heritage Commission, here.)

“History impacts all of us, including the life of organizations,” said CNPS Board President Cris Sarabia. “We can’t rewrite the past, but we can do better, and this is a small but important step to ensuring the California Native Plant Society is welcoming to all people in California and honors the deep connection between native plants and California’s Indigenous people.”

Vol. 49, No. 2

Native Plants and Climate Change: Indigenous Perspectives Part I

In this issue:

  • Biocultural Stewardship as Care for Plants, People, and Resilient Futures
  • What Is, and What Can Be: Traditional Regenerative Horticulture in Syuxtun (Santa Barbara)
  • Climate Change’s Effects on Tribal Cultural Plant Resources
  • Indigenous Ecologies: Cultivating Fire, Plants, and Climate Futurity
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Recent Issues

Mapping California Artemisia cover

Vol. 49, #1

In this issue: Vegetation Mapping in California: Recent History & Innovations; A Vegetation Mapping Boom Across the Bay Area; Historical Ecology Deepens our Understanding of Place; California’s Role in the Global Effort to Protect Important Plant Areas

Vol. 48, #2

In this issue: A Primer on Plant Genetics and the California Flora, Amplifying Resilience to Drought in the Lake Tahoe Basin, Rapid Evolution of Native Plant Populations: the Bad, the Good and the Hopeful

Vol. 48, #1

In this issue: Recentering Ecological Restoration with Tribal Perspectives, Seed-Based Restoration: Scaling up for the Future, Restoration: Reintroducing Disturbance and Variability, Ethics of Plant Reintroduction in the 21st Century

CNPS Scientific Journal Archives

Volume 47

  • Vol. 47, #2
    In this issue: Reestablishing Balance Between People, Plants, and Fire in California; Nexus Between Wildfire, Climate Change, and Population Growth in California;

    Wildfires and Forest Resilience; and CNPS Fellows: Celebrating Those Who Speak for Native Plants
  • Vol. 47, #1
    In this issue: Revisiting California’s Big Trees, Piute Cypress, A Once and Future Forest, and Forest Resilience & Mortality in the Sierra Nevada
  • Vol. 47, #2
    In this issue: Reestablishing Balance Between People, Plants, and Fire in California; Nexus Between Wildfire, Climate Change, and Population Growth in California;
    Wildfires and Forest Resilience; and CNPS Fellows: Celebrating Those Who Speak for Native Plants

Volume 46

An exciting issue on urban-wildland interface, sponsored by the Schwemm Family Foundation.

In this issue: Beyond Plants: Wetlands for  Wildlife, Paleobotany of Coastal Californian Wetlandscape, Vernal Pools: Biodiversity, Biogeography, Threats, and Conservation.

Volume 45

Enjoy this issue’s deep dive into lichens and bryophytes. Plus bigcone Douglas-fir and Tejon Ranch revisited.

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