Salvia dorrii (Kellogg) Abrams
Purple Sage, Gray Ball Sage, Dorri Sage, Desert Sage
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
USDA Symbol: sado4
A many-branched sub-shrub, 2-3 ft. tall and often broader than high, with numerous silvery-gray leaves and rigid, often spiny branches. Deep blue to blue-violet bilaterally symmetrical flowers rise in long, showy, spike-like clusters above the silvery foliage.
It is this sage, not sagebrush, that is referred to in Zane Grey's classic Western, Riders of the Purple Sage. It is a handsome plant, pretty in leaf as well as in flower.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple , Violet
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , ID , NV , OR , UT , WA
Native Distribution: WA & OR, e. of the Cascades, to CA, e. to s.w. ID, UT & AZ
Native Habitat: Dry, open scabland & sagebrush areas
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: None
Soil Description: Dry, perfectly drained soils.
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 from seeds or softwood cuttings.
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: Generally, a cold-moist stratification period is required for germination of Salvia seed.
Commercially Avail: yes
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Web ReferenceWebref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 37 - Calscape (2019) California Native Plant Society
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Salvia dorrii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Salvia dorrii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Salvia dorrii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-24
Research By: TWC Staff