Salvia sonomensis Greene
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
USDA Symbol: saso
A creeping, flat perennial that can spread to 10 ft. across. The blue-violet flowers occur in 6-12 in. spikes on leafless stems above the matted, gray-green foliage.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun
Native Distribution: CA Sierra foothills from Shasta to Calaveras Cos.; Coast Ranges from Siskiyou to San Diego Cos.
Native Habitat: Dry, rocky slopes below 6500 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Poor, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: A useful and attractive, but temperamental, ground cover. Plant will rot if over-watered or in poorly drained soil.
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 seeds.
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: A gibberellic acid soak or 3 month, cold-moist stratification is required.
Commercially Avail: yes
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
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Salvia sonomensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Salvia sonomensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff