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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Salvia clevelandii (Gray) Greene
Fragrant sage, Blue sage, Cleveland sage
USDA Symbol: SACL
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A fragrant, rounded subshrub, 3-4 ft. tall and 4-6 ft. wide, with a heavy bloom of dark blue-violet flowers. Fragrant, wrinkled, gray leaves are sometimes used in cooking in place of the European garden sage.
Leaves are sometimes used in cooking in place of the European garden sage. Flowers attract bees and hummingbirds.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
CA Native Distribution:
S. CA to adjacent Mex. Native Habitat:
Dry slopes below 3000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Well-drained sands & gravels.
Conditions Comments: Prune off old flower stalks in fall.
PropagationDescription: May be propagated by seed sown outdoors in early fall.
Seed Collection: Collect the seeds as the capsules begin to dry but before they have dropped the seeds. Spread seeds in thin layers to dry a few days before storing in sealed, refrigerated containers.
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2010-04-18
Research By: TWC Staff