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Salvia clevelandii

Cleveland Sage

Long stems of amethyst blooms are backed by extremely fragrant ash-green foliage. The flowers bloom in spring and early summer attracting hummingbirds and butterflies in droves. Grows quickly in full sun sites with good drainage. Best for the back of the border in naturalized landscapes. 

Benefits

  • Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Quail find shelter under the dense branches
  • One of the most fragrant of all native sages
  • May be used in cooking in place of European sage
  • Rarely if ever troubled by deer or rabbits
  • Fast growing, drought tolerant, low maintenance

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

In the landscape, this grey-leaved woody shrubor perennial can be cut back every other year and deadheaded, (removing spent flowers), whenever necessary.


Height
4-6 Feet

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Spread
4-6 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 7-11

Native Range

Found from southern California to Mexico on dry slopes below 3000 ft.

Native Trivia

Dense perennials like Cleveland Sage provide shelter for quail and protection from predators. Females select nesting sites on the ground under shrubs like this and incubate their eggs for 21-24 days. The chicks leave the nest within hours of hatching.

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Deer Resistant
Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Saline or alkaline
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Mammals
Bloom Time
Early Spring
Late Spring / Early Summer
Critter Resistance
Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Desert
Foliage Color
Gray-green
Green
Uses
Accent
Border
Drought tolerant
Fragrant
Mass plant
Rock garden
Specimen
Native to
California