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Salvia leucophylla (Purple Sage)

San Luis Purple Sage, Purple Sage, Gray Sage


Tough, easy to grow and good-looking year-round, Salvia leucophylla (Purple Sage) is a graceful semi-evergreen shrub of mounding, spreading habit with arching branches adorned with upturned tips. It boasts brilliant purple flowers borne in large, tightly stacked whorls in mid spring to early summer. The highly aromatic blossoms are very attractive to bees, butterflies and a variety of birds. They are borne atop a lush foliage of soft, wrinkled, gray-green leaves. Both stems and leaves are richly covered with fine white hairs. Incredibly drought tolerant, Purple Sage is also heat and poor soils tolerant. It makes a pretty silver foliage accent in the dry, native plant garden.

  • Grows up to 3-5 ft. tall and wide (90-150 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in well-drained soils. Provide little to occasional irrigation (once or twice a month) after the first year. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Easy to grow, fairly pest and disease free, it attracts bees and butterflies, but is deer resistant.
  • Perfect for beds and borders, bank stabilization, hedges, coastal gardens or Mediterranean gardens.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Native to the southern coast of California and Baja California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles 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 8 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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