Salvia pachyphylla

Salvia pachyphylla

Photo/Illustration: 
Charles Mann
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(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.

Overview

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
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow
Foliage Color
Silver/Grey
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Cottage Garden,
Desert Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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