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Salvia pachyphylla

Salvia pachyphylla Photo/Illustration: Charles Mann


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Salvia pachyphylla SAL-vee-ah pah-KIF-ill-lah Genus: Salvia
Giant-flowered purple sage has been winning over gardeners the past few years for its remarkable summer blooms and tough-as-nails demeanor. Native to the dry foothills and mountains of southern California, this sage is considered a woody shrub. It features showy, aromatic silver foliage and bicolored flower spikes with lavender-purple calyces and long, hummingbird-pollinated blue flowers. It grows from 24 to 36 inches high.
Care: Provide full sun and well-drained, infertile, alkaline soil. Lightly prune after flowering.
Propagation: Divide plants in early spring, or take cuttings of newer growth anytime.
Problems: Infrequent.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Attracts Butterflies; Attracts Hummingbirds; Fragrant Foliage; Native; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Summer; Late Summer; Summer
Foliage Color Silver/Grey
Flower Color Blue Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Style Cottage Garden, Desert Garden, Rock Garden, Xeric Bed
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Shrubs

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