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Salvia clevelandii (Cleveland Sage)

Fragrant Sage, Blue Sage, Cleveland Sage, Jim Sage, California Blue Sage


Fast growing and highly aromatic, Salvia clevelandii (Cleveland Sage) is a rounded subshrub with arching branches boasting an abundance of tubular lavender to dark purple flowers borne in widely spaced whorls along the stems. Blooming in mid spring to late summer, the fragrant blossoms are very attractive to bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and birds. They are borne atop a lush foliage of deliciously aromatic, lance-shaped, wrinkled, gray-green leaves, 2 in. long (5 cm). The foliage is sometimes used in cooking in place of the European garden sage and it makes a refreshing tea. Drought tolerant, Cleveland Sage provides a strong year-round presence in the dry garden. Great for informal mixed flower borders, it integrates beautifully into existing desertscapes, rock gardens, slopes and native plant compositions.

  • Grows up to 3-5 ft. tall (90-150 cm) and 5-8 ft. wide (150-240 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun to part shade in well-drained soils. Never irrigate once established. Drought tolerant.
  • Easy to grow, fairly pest and disease free, it attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, but is deer resistant.
  • Perfect for beds and borders, bank stabilization, butterfly gardens or Mediterranean gardens.
  • May be deadheaded to extend blooming season. May be pruned in fall to maintain a compact size.
  • Propagate by seed sown outdoors in early fall.
  • Native to the coast of southern California and northern Baja California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 5' – 8' (150cm – 240cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 5' – 8' (150cm – 240cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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