Salvia clevelandii (A. Gray) Greene
Fragrant sage, Blue sage, Cleveland sage
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
USDA Symbol: sacl
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Native Distribution: S. CA to adjacent Mex.
Native Habitat: Dry slopes below 3000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Well-drained sands & gravels.
Conditions Comments: Prune off old flower stalks in fall.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Salvia clevelandii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Salvia clevelandii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Salvia clevelandii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2010-04-18
Research By: TWC Staff