Salvia carduacea Benth.
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
USDA Symbol: SACA8
A handsome, whitish-woolly plant with vivid lavender, bilaterally symmetrical flowers in a stacked series of prickly round clusters near top of leafless stems.
This is one of the most beautiful native sages; the brilliant lavender flowers are strikingly contrasted against the pale foliage, and the vermilion anthers provide color accent.
From the Image Gallery
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Native Distribution: Central California south to Baja California.
Native Habitat: Sandy or gravelly, open places.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Find Seed or Plants
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:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Salvia carduacea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Salvia carduacea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Salvia carduacea
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff