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Salvia  'Bee's Bliss' sage
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Salvia 'Bee's Bliss'

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A beautiful native hybrid sage grows around 18 inches tall by 5 ft. wide or more. The handsome gray foliage is topped with a profusion of lavender flowers on long spikes in the spring. Sun, decent drainage, occasional to little water. Deer tolerant. A bee and hummingbird favorite.
Salvia  'Calamity Jane' calamity Jane sage
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Salvia 'Calamity Jane'

(calamity Jane sage)

A cross between Salvia leucophylla and a prostrate form of Salvia mellifera.  Forms a fragrant mounding shrub up to 4 ft. tall by 4 ft. wide,  with flower spikes of light lavender blossoms. An excellent choice for a dry sunny bank with little to no summer water once established. Flowers are highly attractive to bees and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.
Salvia  'Celestial Blue' sage
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Salvia 'Celestial Blue'

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A pollinator powerhouse, this sage attracts hummingbirds, bees and butterflies with its vibrant blossoms. Selected and introduced by Las Pilitas Nursery, thought to be a hybrid between Salvia clevelandii and S. pachyphylla, or perhaps a three way hybrid involving Salvia 'Pozo Blue'. Gray-green, sweetly fragrant foliage, grows 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide. The striking blue flowers are on widely spaced whorls of eye-catching violet-blue. The decorative, architectural seed heads that follow provide food for songbirds. Plant in full sun with good drainage and occasional water. Drought and deer tolerant tolerant.
Salvia  'Hot Lips' sage
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Salvia 'Hot Lips'

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Here is a unique sage which adds a sparkling effect with its wonderful two-toned red and white flowers. Fast growing aromatic foliage reaches a height and width of 3 ft. or more. The bicolor flowers are white with a red lip, but this sage has the habit of producing a few entirely white or red flowers along with the red and white blossoms. Has proven adaptable, growing in full sun to part shade, with regular as well as minimal irrigation. Attractive to hummingbirds and a multitude of other pollinators too. Deer resistant.
Salvia  'John Whittlesey'
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Salvia 'John Whittlesey'

A cross between Salvia darcyii and Salvia microphylla, this hybrid sage is valuable for its very long bloom season. The large red flowers are a shade of red that is easy to work with and blends well with other colors. Growing 2 ft. by 2 ft. this fragrant perennial benefits from pinching and occasional shearing to keep dense. Plant in sun to light shade with moderate to a little summer water. Sages are favorites of hummingbirds and bees and tend to be deer tolerant.
Salvia  'Mrs. Beard'
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Salvia 'Mrs. Beard'

This cultivar has been around since 1965, a chance seedling discovered in a Berkeley garden. A hybrid between Salvia sonomensis and Salvia mellifera, 'Mrs. Beard’ has proven durable and disease resistant. Forms a dense mat of gray fragrant foliage up to 2 ft. tall and 4-6 ft. wide. Spring brings an abundance of tiny pale lavender-blue flowers in ball-like clusters that are highly attractive to bees and hummingbirds. Plant in full sun along coast and light shade in hot inland sites, where it will be quite drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant.  

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Salvia 'Shirley's Creeper'

A vigorous garden hybrid involving the native Salvia mellifera selected by Charlie Christiansen. The cultivar name is misleading. This shrub does not creep exactly but mounds up 4-6 ft. tall and wide.  It can be kept lower and more dense by an annual cutting back after flowering.  Dark green aromatic foliage is a nice foil for the whorls of white flowers in the spring which are a favorite of bees and hummingbirds.  Plant in full sun to light shade.  Very drought tolerant once established.  Dependably deer resistant.
Salvia  'Starlight' sage
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Salvia 'Starlight'

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Salvia apiana  white sage
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Salvia apiana

(white sage)

A striking native sage with large, silvery-white, aromatic leaves and tall flower stalks reaching above the foliage displaying lavender tinged white blossoms. This shruby sage reaches 2 - 4 ft. tall and wide with flowering stalks adding another 2 ft. or more above that. A useful plant for sunny, dry areas with good drainage. Combine with dark-leaved plants such as ceanothus and manzanitas to create a dramatic display. Used in smudge bundles as a natural incense. A bee and hummingbird favorite. Deer resistant.

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Salvia apiana 'Compacta'

(compact white sage)

Having all the attributes of white sage, but growing about half the size, topping out at around 3 ft. tall. Gorgeous silver-gray foliage and stately flower stems of white, pollinator attracting blossoms. Heat and drought tolerant, this striking sage makes a wonderful specimen and contrasts beautifully with greener foliage. Plant in full sun with good drainage where it thrives with summer heat and drought. The powerfully fragrant foliage is dependably deer resistant.  
Salvia brandegeei  Brandegee sage
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Salvia brandegeei

(Brandegee sage)

Native to Santa Rosa Island of the California Channel Islands, this large sage grows 4-5 foot tall and wide. Dark green textured leaves contrast nicely with gray foliaged plants. Spring brings pale lavender flowers in widely spaced whorls. Excellent for sunny areas where it is very drought tolerant. A bee and hummingbird favorite. Deer tolerant too.
Salvia brandegeei 'Pacific Blue' Brandegee sage
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Salvia brandegeei 'Pacific Blue'

(Brandegee sage)

A very nice form of a tough and durable native shrubby sage introduced by Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Growing 4-6 ft. tall and wide with dark green textured foliage with white hairs on the leaf undersides. Instead of the typical light lavender flowers, this cultivar offers dark lavender-blue blossoms. Plant in full sun with little to no summer water once established. This native sage seems very tolerant of soil types even managing on heavy clay. Sage flowers attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, their seeds provide food for birds. Deer resistant.
Salvia canariensis  Canary Island sage
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Salvia canariensis

(Canary Island sage)

Large and robust shrubby sage with arrow shaped leaves covered in white woolly hairs, growing 5 ft or more tall and wide. Dramatic flower displays of lavender-pink blossoms set among deeper colored calyces entice bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The striking display seems to go on for months, as after the petals fall the colorful calyces persist, extending the show. Easy to grow in full sun with good drainage. Drought tolerant, but additional water will result in a larger plant. Cut back in late winter to encourage a shapely shrub. Hardy to around 15 degrees. Deer resistant.
Salvia  canescens v. daghestanica  Caucasus sage
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Salvia canescens v. daghestanica

(Caucasus sage)

Native to the Caucasus Mountains, this sage of small stature and gorgeous silver foliage is perfect for tucking into small spaces. Growing just 8 - 10 inches tall and 12 -18 inches wide the frosty-silver leaves are the perfect foil for the blue-purple flowers in whorls.  Best in full sun to very light shade with good drainage, where it will be drought tolerant once established. Extremely cold tolerant too. A natural for rock or crevice gardens, along edges or in containers. Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.    
Salvia  chiapensis
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Salvia chiapensis

Native to cloud forests of Chiapas,Mexico,this lovely sage will not survive freezing cold winter temperatures.With a little protection we have kept it going through many winters. Deep green, glossy leaves grow on decumbent stems 1 1/2 - 2 ft. tall and wide. The bright fuchsia-pink flowers begin blooming in summer and continue into fall and beyond. Best with light shade and regular water. Excellent container plant or hanging basket. Bring into a greenhouse before frost,or in milder zones, place under an eave or other protected spot where it has survived for us outdoors even with freezing temperatures. Hummingbird favorite.

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Salvia clevelandii 'Deer Spring Silver'

(deer spring silver sage)

This selection of Cleveland sage is from northern San Diego County. Similar to the popular 'Winnifred Gilman' but its foliage is more silver. Forms a 4 ft. by 4 ft. aromatic shrub with sweetly fragrant foliage. Rich violet-blue flowers in ball-like clusters top the shrub in summer and attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant in sunny areas with good drainage and occasional water. Drought and deer tolerant.
Salvia clevelandii 'Winnifred Gilman' fragrant sage
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Salvia clevelandii 'Winnifred Gilman'

(fragrant sage)

Floriferous native shrubby sage prized for its intense violet-blue flowers and sweetly fragrant foliage. ‘Winnifred Gilman’ has a nice compact habit to around 3 ft. tall. Well suited for sunny areas with good drainage and occasional summer water. Deer and drought tolerant; attracts bees and hummingbirds.
Salvia clevelandii x 'Allen Chickering' sage
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Salvia clevelandii x 'Allen Chickering'

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Delightfully fragrant hybrid sage between S. clevelandii and S. leucophylla. Blue lavender flowers in whorls during summer. Grows 3 - 4 ft. tall and wide. Good for dry sunny areas. Attractive to hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Deer resistant. 
Salvia clevelandii x 'Kaleidoscope' sage
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Salvia clevelandii x 'Kaleidoscope'

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This striking new introduction features rosy-purple flowers in whorls atop dense, grey foliage. ‘Kaleidoscope’ is a nice and compact sage, only reaching to 2 – 3 ft. high and slowly spreading to form a small drift about 4 ft. wide. It is proving to be quite a garden tolerant Salvia and resistant to disease, though we are still evaluating it. Enjoys full sun and occasional to no irrigation once established. Needs decent drainage. An excellent plant for bees and butterflies. This selection was discovered by Terry Loveton in her west Sonoma County garden. Deer resistant.
Salvia clevelandii x 'Pozo Blue' sage
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Salvia clevelandii x 'Pozo Blue'

(sage)

This hybrid of Salvia clevelandii and Salvia leucophylla was selected by Las Pilitas Nursery and is getting very good reviews. It appears to be a good substitute for Cleveland sage tolerating less than perfect soil conditions and colder low temperatures. Growing 3-5 ft tall and wide with gray-green fragrant foliage. Blue-lavender flowers in ball-like clusters top the shrub in late spring through early summer and are highly attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Best in full sun with decent drainage. Drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant.  
Salvia clevelandii x 'Whirly Blue' sage
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Salvia clevelandii x 'Whirly Blue'

(sage)

Large native sage growing 4 1/2 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide with aromatic gray-green foliage and rich violet flowers. Very large flower whorls and deeper color distinguish it from Salvia ‘Aromas’ and Salvia ‘Allen Chickering’.  Good for dry sunny areas. Deer resistant. Attractive to hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.
Salvia darcyi  Galeana sage
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Salvia darcyi

(Galeana sage)

A red flowering sage from high elevation Mexico, with very large flowers from early summer on through fall.  Can reach 3 - 4 ft. high, spreading to form a small colony. Prefers good drainage in full sun to light shade. Moderate water. All sorts of pollinators are attracted to this long blooming perennial and it's a hummingbird favorite. Cut to the ground in early spring.  Deer resistant.
Salvia greggii  autumn sage
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Salvia greggii

(autumn sage)

Highly variable species, this form of Salvia greggii grows to around 4 foot tall. Blooming far longer than just autumn, this sage will flower throughout the summer and fall with bright red flowers on the branch tips. Grows in full sun to light shade (especially in hottest areas) with moderate summer watering. More drought tolerant in coastal areas. Benefits from annual pruning in the spring to shape plants and remove any dead wood. Deer resistant. A hummingbird and bee favorite.
Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red' Furman's Red Sage
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Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red'

(Furman's Red Sage)

Selected in the 1970’s and a Plant Select winner in 2005, this dependable selection persists in the trade for its profuse displays of dark-red flowers and cold tolerance. Growing 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 ft. wide with light-green, aromatic foliage. The magenta blossoms can bloom spring through fall and attract hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. Prefers full sun with decent drainage and is drought tolerant once established. Deer resisitant.    
Salvia greggii 'Mirage Rose Bicolor' sage
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Salvia greggii 'Mirage Rose Bicolor'

(sage)

Top winner at the Welby Flower Trials in Colorado, this hybrid sage was bred for long blooming and heat tolerance. Compact and tidy, growing 12 -14 inches tall and a bit wider. The fragrant foliage is topped with a profusion of nectar-rich, two toned flowers of deep rose-pink and creamy-white, summer into fall. The appealing, bold display attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Plant in full sun to light shade with moderate to occasional water. Makes a good container subject. Deer resistant.

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