Purple Sage (Salvia leucophylla) in the Salvias Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 48 - 60 inches
Plant Spread: 60 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Gray-green
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Purple Sage (Salvia leucophylla) was a featured
Plant of the Day for October 26, 2016.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 9:56 PM

"Salvia leucophylla (Purple sage, Gray sage) is an aromatic sage native to the southern coastal mountain ranges of California and Baja California.

The plant's specific epithet, leucophylla, describes the light grayish leaves. The type specimen was collected near Santa Barbara, California by Scottish botanist David Douglas and named by Edward Lee Greene in 1892. The common names refer to the pale purple flowers (Purple sage) or to the grayish leaves (Gray sage).

S. leucophylla is an evergreen shrub that grows up to 3.3 to 4.9 feet tall and wide. Leaves are a light green in the spring, turning grayish-white as they mature, with graceful branches that arch to the ground, sometimes rooting when they touch the ground. Flowers grow in tight whorls on 5.9 to 7.9 inches long inflorescences, with a pinkish-purple flowering stem. The 0.98 inch flowers are pinkish-purple, held in a purple-tinged gray calyx.

The plant is typically found on dry hillsides and in gravelly soils.

S. leucophylla is widely used in California and xeriscape gardening, preferring full sun and good drainage."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Salvia of the Day: Purple Sage (Salvia leucophylla) by Marilyn Nov 2, 2016 7:52 AM 8
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