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Cleveland sage (Salvia clevelandii)
Cleveland sage (Salvia clevelandii)

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Zones 8, 9, 12-24
Full Sun
Full
Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal

Salvia clevelandii

Cleveland Sage
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Evergreen, Shrubs

SALVIA

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 clevelandii

Rounded, arching growth to 3–5 ft. high, 5–8 ft. wide. Wrinkled, toothed gray-green leaves to 2 in. long are elliptical or lance-shaped, deliciously fragrant. Foliage makes a refreshing tea and is also used as a preservative in potpourri. Fragrant, inch-long, pale lavender to violet-blue flowers in widely spaced whorls along 1/2 –2-ft. stems. Blooms in early summer; remove faded spikes to encourage rebloom. Drought tolerant.

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