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Fragrant sage

Scientific name
Salvia clevelandii
Also Known As
Blue sage, Cleveland sage, Jim sage
Plant Family
Fragrant sage is a fragrant perennial with a heavy set of blue flowers. Native to Southern California and northern Baja California, it can be found growing below 3,000 feet in California coastal and chaparral habitat.
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This evergreen shrub reaches 3 to 5 feet in height and width. The fragrant, ashy green leaves are less than 1 inch long. Flowers are on 12 inch spikes, with numerous upright amethyst blooms opening in June through July. 

Did You Know?

A popular Southwestern landscape plant, Fragrant sage attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.  The leaves make a good substitute for kitchen sage in cooking. 

Nativar Research Project:  Contribute your pollinator observations of this native plant and these three of its cultivars.  Are pollinators as attracted to the nativars as they are to the original native plant?  Read more at the Nativar Research Project page.

Salvia clevelandii 'Aromas'  Salvia clevelandii 'Arroyo Azul'  Salvia clevelandii 'Japatul'  - no photo, please send us one if you take one  Salvia clevelandii 'Winifred Gilman'