Salvia mellifera Greene
Black sage, California black sage
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
USDA Symbol: same3
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Native Distribution: S. CA along Coast Ranges
Native Habitat: Dry slopes & flats below 2000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Various soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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
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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 mellifera in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Salvia mellifera in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Salvia mellifera
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-03-12
Research By: TWC Staff