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Stone, Robert L.
Salvia mellifera Greene
Black sage, California black sage
USDA Symbol: SAME3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
An openly branched, evergreen shrub, from 3-6 ft. tall. Pale blue, whitish or sometimes lavender flowers occur in compact balls.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
CA Native Distribution:
S. CA along Coast Ranges Native Habitat:
Dry slopes & flats below 2000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Various soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Propagate by divisions, rooted sections, or seed sown in fall outdoors.
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: 2009-03-12
Research By: TWC Staff