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Desert purple sage

Salvia dorrii

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Found in the Great Basin deserts of the western U.S., Salvia dorrii is by far one of the most beautiful native Salvia species. A small, woody shrub, it comes into bloom in late spring with short spikes of showy purple bracts and blue flowers. The semievergreen foliage is distinctively silvery gray and highly aromatic. It grows to 18 inches high.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsDesert purple sage has aromatic silvery foliage and showy spikes of purple and blue flowers.

CarePlanting desert purple sage in fast-draining, infertile, alkaline soil in full sun is important to long-term success. Lightly prune after flowering.

PropagationTake cuttings of newer growth at any time, or divide plants in early spring.

ProblemsInfrequent, but watch for the occasional whitefly, aphid, or spider mite.

  • Genus : Salvia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Fragrant Foliage, Showy Foliage
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Bloom Time : Late Spring
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Foliage Color : Silver/Grey
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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