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Botanic Name
Common Name

Origin

Sun
FS-Full
PS-Part
SH-Shade

Size
(HxW)
S to 3'
M to 5'
L 6' +

Leaf Drop

Corolla

Calyx

Comments

Salvia leucantha 'Eder'

Suncrest Nursery, Watsonville, CA

FS-PS
15-20º

M
3'x3'

semi-deciduous

purple

purple

Blooms all year in Santa Cruz; deciduous in cold climates; cut back hard in winter. Sport of S. leucantha 'Midnight.'

Salvia leucantha 'Midnight'
Mexican Bush Sage

Mexico

FS-PS
15-20º

M
3'x3'

semi-deciduous

purple

purple

Blooms all year in Santa Cruz; deciduous in cold climates.

Salvia leucophylla
Purple Sage

California

FS
15-20º

M
4'x5'

evergreen

lavender-pink

white

Spring-summer bloomer; drought tolerant; also know as gray sage due to the gray foliage.

Salvia leucophylla
'Pinkie'

California

FS
32º

M
4'x4'

evergreen

pink

gray-green

Spring-summer bloomer; drought tolerant; possibly an inland form of species.

Salvia leucophylla
'Point Sal'
Purple Sage

Cultivar from Point Sal, Santa Barbara County, California

FS
20 º

S
3'x5'

evergreen

pink

gray-green

Spring-summer bloomer; no overhead watering; good on banks.

Salvia
'Louis Saso'
(S. iodantha x S. tubifera)

Hybrid

FS-PS
32º

M
5'x5'

evergreen

fuchsia pink

purple-green

Spring-fall bloomer; plant is smaller than S. iodantha, but flower spikes are 12'+. Hybridized by Rick McCain.

Salvia lycioides
Canyon Sage

Western Texas, New Mexico and N. Mexico

FS
10º

S
2'x2'

semi-deciduous

blue

purple

Spring and fall bloomer; found in dry hills and canyons on limestone.

Salvia madrensis
Forsythia Sage

Mexico

FS-PS
25-30º

M
5'x6'

semi-deciduous

yellow

yellow

Late summer-fall bloomer; spreading clump. Stems are frost tender but resprouts from crown; protect from wind

Salvia melissodora
Grape Scented Sage

Mexico

FS-PS
20-25º

M
4'x3'

semi-deciduous

blue

green-purple

Spring-winter bloomer; fast growing shrub.

Salvia mellifera
Black Sage

California

FS
20-25º

M
4'x4'

evergreen

light blue

gren

Spring-summer bloomer.

Salvia mellifera
'Green Carpet'

Garden hybrid

10º

2'x4'

evergreen

white

green

Spontaneous garden hybrid of S. mellifera occurred at Native Sons Nursery, 1995.

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