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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 chamaedryoides  germander sage
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Salvia chamaedryoides

(germander sage)

Forms a beautiful, compact silver-gray sub-shrub, growing 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide. Flowers over a long period starting in spring with deep true blue flowers. Requires good drainage and full sun. Drought tolerant once established but best with occasional deep summer waterings. Pollinator favorite and deer resistant.
Salvia chamaedryoides 'Marine Blue' germander sage
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Salvia chamaedryoides 'Marine Blue'

(germander sage)

This hybrid of germander sage hails from Australia and offers repeat blooming from early summer through fall. It is a little larger in all of its part than the species, growing around 2 ft. tall and wide. Best in full sun with good drainage, where it will be drought tolerant once established but best with occasional water. Bee favorite and 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.
Salvia clevelandii 'Allen Chickering' sage
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Salvia clevelandii 'Allen Chickering'

(sage)

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. 

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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 'Pozo Blue' sage
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Salvia clevelandii 'Pozo Blue'

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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 'Whirly Blue' sage
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Salvia clevelandii '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 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 'Kaleidoscope' sage
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Salvia clevelandii x 'Kaleidoscope'

(sage)

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 coahuilensis 'Purple Ginny' Coahuila sage
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Salvia coahuilensis 'Purple Ginny'

(Coahuila sage)

Graceful perennial hybrid sage to 2 ft. tall and spreading. A liberal bloomer, with vivid deep purple flowers summer and fall. Needs good drainage with moderate to occasional water. Plant in full sun to very light shade. Attracts hummingbirds and bees. Deer resistant.
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.

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Salvia greggii 'Coral'

Here’s a winning sage. Grows 3 X 3 ft. with neat, aromatic leaves. The coral-colored blossoms are produced in abundance summer through fall and are pollinator favorites. Plant in full sun with moderate to occasional summer water. Deer and drought tolerant.
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 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.
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.

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