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Salvia greggii 'Mirage Soft Pink' autumn sage
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Salvia greggii 'Mirage Soft Pink'

(autumn sage)

Yet another hybrid sage offering a compact, mounding, growth habit of bright green, aromatic foliage and abundant, long blooming flowers of soft lavender-pink. Growing 12 - 14 inches tall and wide with stand out floral displays from late spring through summer and fall. Plant in full sun to light shade with moderate watering. The long blooming splash of color attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant. Good container plant.  
Salvia greggii 'Moonlight'
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Salvia greggii 'Moonlight'

A Suncrest Nursery selection, this sage forms a compact shrub of bright green aromatic foliage, 2 ft. tall by 2ft. or more wide. Masses of beautiful creamy-yellow flowers bloom over a long period spring thru fall and blend beautifully with other colors. Easy to grow in full sun to light shade with moderate watering. Pollinator favorite. Deer resistant.  
Salvia greggii 'Puebla Cherry'
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Salvia greggii 'Puebla Cherry'

Free flowering perennial sage growing 18 - 24 inches tall and wide. Summer brings an abundance of two-tone flowers of glowing red with a fuzzy purple upper lip. Good garden performer in full sun to light shade with moderate to occasional water once established. Deer resistant. Pollinator favorite.

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Salvia greggii 'Radio Red'

(autumn sage)

This new cultivar of autumn sage offers larger, vivid red flowers and a more compact habit. Despite it's common name, autumn sage blooms over a long period, beginning in late spring, into summer and through autumn. Well branched shrubby habit with neat, fragrant foliage growing 2 - 3 foot tall and wide. Can be grown as a single specimen, lightly clipped as a low, informal hedge or in a container. Plant in full sun with moderate to occasional summer watering. The true, bright red flowers are highly attractive to hummingbirds as well as bees and butterflies. Deer resistant.
Salvia greggii 'Smokin' Lavender' autumn sage
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Salvia greggii 'Smokin' Lavender'

(autumn sage)

Yet another cultivar of autumn sage, a sturdy and floriferous perennial, native to the southwest U.S. and Northern Mexico. A great addition to the pollinator garden where it provides copious nectar to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds throughout the summer and fall. A compact evergreen with aromatic foliage, growing 2 ft tall and wide. Soft, lavender blossoms emerge from dark purple calyces and bloom freely over a long period. Plant in full sun to very light shade with moderate to occasional watering once established. Good container plant. Deer resistant.
Salvia leucophylla 'Amethyst Bluff' purple sage
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Salvia leucophylla 'Amethyst Bluff'

(purple sage)

Selected by Carol Bornstein for its vivid rosy-pink flowers, this willing grower starts out as a low mounding shrub, eventually getting very large, reaching 5 ft. or more tall by 10 ft. or more wide. The fragrant silvery foliage is a lovely foil for the large flower heads on 12 inch stalks. Perfect choice for sunny banks where it can sprawl freely and is excellent for erosion control. Drought tolerant, particularly along the coast, but appreciates an occasional summer watering. A bee and hummingbird favorite. Deer and drought resistant.
Salvia leucophylla 'Figueroa' purple sage
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Salvia leucophylla 'Figueroa'

(purple sage)

A beautiful selection of the native gray sage. Forms a compact shrub 3 - 4 ft. tall and wider. The gorgeous whitish-gray foliage is topped with long stems of lavender-pink flowers in whorls. Good choice for a dry sunny bank where it is heat, drought and deer tolerant. This species attracts bees and hummingbirds.
Salvia leucophylla 'Point Sal' purple sage
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Salvia leucophylla 'Point Sal'

(purple sage)

A compact, low form of the native purple sage reaching 2 ft. or so tall by 5 ft. or more wide. An evergreen shrub with beautiful, silvery, aromatic foliage and pale lavender-pink flowers in whorls on wand-like stems. Useful in dry sunny areas but will also accept moderate moisture, unlike most native sages. An excellent garden subject which is more sturdy and disease resistant than the popular 'Bee's Bliss'. Great for covering hot banks and retaining walls. Discovered on Point Sal in southern California. Attracts bees and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.
Salvia  melissodora  grape-scented sage
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Salvia melissodora

(grape-scented sage)

A graceful, upright, shrubby sage with a pleasing scent, from the Sierra Madre Occidental region of Mexico. Grows 6 ft. tall by 4 ft. wide, but can be trimmed to stay smaller. Long blooming with fragrant, nectar rich, violet-lavender flowers that are highly attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant in full sun to light shade with good drainage and moderate water. Somewhat drought tolerant, but best with watering at 10 day to 2 week intervals. Hardy to around 20 degrees, though a well established plant or one planted against a wall or protected spot can recover from bouts of cold. Because of its long bloom period and dependable nectar supply, this is a powerhouse for the habitat garden. 
Salvia mellifera  black sage
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Salvia mellifera

(black sage)

California’s most common sage occurring in coastal scrub and chaparral communities from the San Francisco Bay Area south into Baja. Grows 3 - 5 ft. tall and wide with textured, highly aromatic foliage. Flowers in late spring with tight whorls of small whitish to pale lavender blossoms. Flowers are not super showy, but renowned as an excellent source of nectar for bees and hummingbirds. Plant in full sun to light shade where it is tough, drought tolerant and deer resistant. No additional water is required once established.

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Salvia mellifera 'Big Rock'

(black sage)

California's most common sage, growing in coastal scrub and chaparral communities from SF Bay Area south to Baja. The selection 'Big Rock' hails from the most northerly population, on Big Rock Ridge in Marin County. As the species name suggests, this sage is considered one of the best sources of nectar for bees and attracts a wide array of pollinators, including solitary native bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The seeds are relished by quail and other birds. This selection is particularly fast growing and disease resistant, sporting highly fragrant, dark green foliage, growing 5 - 6 ft tall and wide. Late spring brings spikes of bluish-white flowers arranged in tight whorls. Plant in full sun where it will be extremely drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant.
Salvia mellifera 'Terra Seca' black sage
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Salvia mellifera 'Terra Seca'

(black sage)

Here is an interesting form of the normally upright, native black sage. 'Terra Seca' grows to about 2 1/2 ft. tall and 5 ft. wide. Perfect for a dry sunny bank where it will cover the ground densely and thickly. It will spill over a wall beautifully. The flowers are pale lavender. Deer and drought resistant. This species attracts bees and hummingbirds.
Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Blaze' sage
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Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Blaze'

(sage)

The Salvia ‘Heatwave Series’ are selections from Salvia greggii / microphylla crosses. ‘Heatwave Blaze’ offers displays of dark crimson flowers over a long period from summer into fall. Compact, rounded habit, growing 30 inches tall by 36 inches wide.  Plant in full sun to light shade. Drought tolerant but best with an occasional deep watering during the growing season. Attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.  Deer resistant.    
Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Glimmer' sage
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Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Glimmer'

(sage)

Another selection from the Heatwave Series, bred in Australia for compact habit and heat resistance. Growing around 2 ft. tall, this floriferous sage offers creamy-white flowers with a hint of pink. The abundant blossoms are set off by handsome black calyces and appeal to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant in full sun to light shade. Drought tolerant but best with occasional deep watering during the growing season. Deer resistant.
Salvia microphylla 'Mesa Azure' mountain sage
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Salvia microphylla 'Mesa Azure'

(mountain sage)

A hybrid of uncertain parentage, offering long blooming flowers on compact plants. Growing 18" - 24" tall and wide with good sized, light purple flowers over a long period, spring through fall. Prefers good drainage in full sun to light shade with moderate to occasional summer water. Attracts a wide array of pollinators and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.  
Salvia microphylla 'San Carlos Festival' San Carlos festival sage
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Salvia microphylla 'San Carlos Festival'

(San Carlos festival sage)

Introduced by Yucca Do Nursery of Texas, this sage blooms profusely summer-fall with rich magenta-pink flowers. Handsome textured leaves and nice compact habit to 2 to 2-1/2 ft. tall and wide. Requires good drainage, occasional water and little else. A hummingbird and bee favorite. Deer resistant.
Salvia officinalis 'Robert Grimm' dwarf culinary sage
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Salvia officinalis 'Robert Grimm'

(dwarf culinary sage)

An interesting cultivar of the culinary sage, ‘Robert Grimm’ grows only 8 inches tall and spreading to form a good-sized mat in time to 3 - 4 ft. wide. The silvery evergreen foliage is topped with spikes of beautiful blue flowers in the late spring. Wants good drainage, full sun to light shade with moderate to a little summer water. Deer don’t seem to eat it.
Salvia pachyphylla  rose sage
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Salvia pachyphylla

(rose sage)

Native to southern California deserts, this beautiful silvery shrub of intensely aromatic foliage grows 18 - 30 inches tall and wide. Spikes of densely packed violet whorls support elongated blue flowers, blooming over a long period in summer. This striking sage requires full sun with excellent drainage, where it will be extremely drought tolerant once established. A magnet for pollinators including butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.
Salvia sonomensis  Sonoma sage
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Salvia sonomensis

(Sonoma sage)

Sonoma sage is a wonderful native perennial and can be a serviceable groundcover if its needs are met. Good drainage is a must and it performs best with light shade. Water plants to get established-very drought tolerant, will NOT tolerate regular summer water. Mat forming, flowers rise to about 6 inches above the foliage and are lavender-blue. This species attracts bees and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.
Salvia  sonomensis 'Greenberg Gray' Sonoma sage
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Salvia sonomensis 'Greenberg Gray'

(Sonoma sage)

We named this wonderful gray-leaved form of the Sonoma sage for Katherine Greenberg who had it growing in her beautiful Lafayette garden. This striking species forms a ground hugging carpet of leaves with charming, blue-purple flowers in late spring on stems up to 6 inches tall. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love the blossoms. Needs lightly dappled shade and excellent drainage with little to no water once established. Great under manzanitas. Deer resistant.
Salvia sonomensis 'Hobbit Toes' Sonoma sage
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Salvia sonomensis 'Hobbit Toes'

(Sonoma sage)

An interesting selection of Sonoma sage from the Cuesta Grade in San Luis Obispo County.  A compact grower forming a flat mat of gray leaves covered with soft white hairs. The blue-violet flowers spikes are darker than many of our local forms and make a beautiful display in late spring, a favorite of bees and hummingbirds. This fragrant ground cover tolerates heat and drought and requires good drainage with only occasional to no summer watering once established. Will grow in a variety of exposures but often seems happiest with a bit of light shade. Deer resistant.
Salvia sonomensis 'John Farmar-Bowers' white-flowered Sonoma sage
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Salvia sonomensis 'John Farmar-Bowers'

(white-flowered Sonoma sage)

Thanks to Kent Calkins for sharing this unique form of sonoma sage he found growing on his property in the hills above Santa Rosa. Instead of the usual lavender-blue flowers, this plant has creamy white flowers on 6 inch stalks above the ground hugging mat of aromatic foliage. A wonderful native groundcover which requires good drainage and performs best with light shade. Water plants to get established - very drought tolerant, will NOT tolerate regular summer water. Deer resistant. Attracts bees and hummingbirds.
Salvia spathacea  hummingbird sage
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Salvia spathacea

(hummingbird sage)

A wonderful native sage, endemic to California where it is found at low elevations of the Coast Ranges from San Bruno Mountain in the north to Orange County in the south. Fragrant, fruity foliage spreads by creeping rhizomes to form handsome mats. Flower stems rise 2 - 3 ft. above the leaves carrying many large ball-like clusters of magenta flowers that the hummingbirds adore. Does best in cool sun or part shade in hot areas. Drought tolerant, but looks best with occasional summer water. This species attracts hummingbirds. Deer resistant.
Salvia spathacea 'Avis Keedy' yellow-flowered hummingbird sage
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Salvia spathacea 'Avis Keedy'

(yellow-flowered hummingbird sage)

An interesting yellow-flowered form of the normally magenta flowered hummingbird sage, introduced by the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Discovered in an oak woodland in Santa Barbara County, this cultivar has unusual lemon yellow petals that fade to creamy white and are backed by lime green bracts. Forms the usual fragrant, spreading mat of large leaves topped with three foot tall flower stalks with distinctive whorls of flowers in the spring. Best with part shade unless directly along the coast and an occasional summer watering to keep it going through the summer. Without summer water will go summer dormant reviving with the rains. A bee and hummingbird favorite. Deer resistant.
Salvia spathacea 'Las Pilitas' hummingbird sage
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Salvia spathacea 'Las Pilitas'

(hummingbird sage)

A very LOW form of the fragrant hummingbird sage, selected and introduced by Las Pilitas Nursery. Ground hugging foliage spreads to form handsome mats 3 - 6 ft. wide. Flower stems rise 18 inches above the foliage with ball-like clusters of magenta flowers which are bee and hummingbird favorites. Best with light shade and occasional summer water. Deer resistant.

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