Salvia mellifera Salvia mellifera Salvia mellifera
File:Salvia mellifera flowers 2003-03-12.jpg
Common Name Black sage
Latin Name Salvia mellifera
Family Lamiaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 7-9, 14-24 / 8-10
Type / Form Shrub / Medium
Native Habitat Dry slopes 3,000 to 9,000 feet in California and Nevada
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once or twice per month
Exposure Full sun
Height X Width Maximum 4 feet X 4 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Green, fern-like
Flowers Fragrant with violet to lavender flowers
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance Low
Propagation Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer. In areas where the plant is towards the limits of its hardiness, it is best to grow the plants on in a greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood succeed at almost any time in the growing season.
Pests and diseases None
Landscape uses Erosion control, rock garden, low maintenance, parkways
Garden Suitability Thornless, Hummingbird, Fragrant, Mountain, Moonlight, Fire Retardant, Ethnobotanical
Nature Value Browsed by wildlife, attracts hummingbirds
Native American Uses Seeds used for food.   Medicinal.
Links  
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?special=calflora&where-calrecnum=7311&one=T
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=same3
    Images and data http://www.californiagardens.com/plant_pages/Salvia/salvia_mellifera.htm
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_mellifera
    Images and data http://www.calflora.net/bloomingplants/blacksage.html
    Images and data http://www.fs.fed.us/global/iitf/pdf/shrubs/Salvia%20mellifera.pdf
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/51607/
    Images and data http://www.theodorepayne.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Salvia_mellifera
    Data http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Salvia+mellifera
    Data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?4745,4865,4880
    Data http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/salmel/all.html
    Images http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/album/550094369aHgzWL
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=SAME3
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/612.htm
    Nursery, mages, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Salvia+mellifera
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