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Salvia pachyphylla

Salvia pachyphylla

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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.

CareProvide full sun and well-drained, infertile, alkaline soil. Lightly prune after flowering.

PropagationDivide plants in early spring, or take cuttings of newer growth anytime.


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

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