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Salvia brandegeei

Brandegee Sage, Baja Sage
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Evergreen, Shrubs


All sages have square stems and whorls of two-lipped flowers, either distinctly spaced along flower stalks or so tightly crowded that they look like one dense spike; some species have branched inflorescences. Flower colors range from white and yellow through salmon and pink to scarlet and pure red, from pale lavender to true blue and darkest purple. A few sages have fragrant blossoms. Many have aromatic foliage. Sages attract hummingbirds, bees, butterflies.

Salvia brandegeei

Sprawling plant to 4– 5 ft. high, 5–7 ft.wide. Linear, scalloped, 3–4-in.-long leaves are shiny, rough-textured dark green above, woolly white beneath. Tight, widely spaced whorls of 1/2-in., pale lavender, broad-lipped flowers on stems to 10 in. long; persistent violet-gray calyxes. Early spring bloom. Shorten branches by onethird during or right after bloom. Long-lasting cut flowers. Drought tolerant.

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