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Salvia dorrii

Desert Sage, Great Basin Blue 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 dorrii

May have a rounded habit or form a spreading mat; grows 1–3 ft. high, 2–4 ft. wide. Branches densely clothed in gray, linear or spoon-shaped, 1/4–1 1/4-in. leaves. Blooms in late spring; each 1–2-ft.-long stem bears three to five widely spaced whorls of light to deep blue, 1-in. flowers with deep blue bracts and calyxes. Needs sandy soil, perfect drainage. Drought tolerant. Good in dry desert garden.

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