'Wild Red'

Common Name Cleveland Sage, Fragrant Sage, Blue Sage,
Latin Name Salvia clevelandii
Family / Origin Lamiaceae /
Sunset zone / USDA zone 8, 9, 12-24 / 9-10
Type / Form Perennial Shrub / Medium
Native Habitat Washes of Mojave and Sonoran Deserts 1,000 to 3,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Exposure Full sun
Water Once or twice per month
Height X Width Maximum 6 feet X 12 feet, usual 4 feet X 4 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Felty gray, covered with soft hairs, linear to lancelate, strong distinctive aroma
Flowers Attractive spike on branch terminals; purple or lavender trumpet shaped clusters form in separate layers
Bark / Roots Bark woody
Maintenance Removing spent flowers will cause a second flush of bloom from dormant buds
Propagation Cuttings, seed
Pests and Diseases Nothing significant
Landscape Uses Erosion control, rock garden, low maintenance, foliage accent, background, parkways, fire retardant, specimen, cut flowers
Garden Suitability Thornless, Hummingbird, Fragrant, Moonlight, Butterfly, Fire Retardant
Ornamental Value Purple trumpet shaped flowers spring to summer, evergreen, fragrant, cold marginal
Nature Value Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds use flowers
Native American Uses Flower sucked for the nectar
Comments Deer resistant
    Images and data http://cals.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Salvia_clevelandii.html
    Images and data http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/datastore/datastoreview/showpage.cfm?usernumber=33&surveynumber=451
    Images and data http://www.theodorepayne.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Salvia_clevelandii_'Allen_Chickering'&redirect=no
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=7301
    Images and data http://www.wildscaping.com/plants/plantprofiles/Salvia_clevelandii.htm
    Images and data http://www.mountainvalleygrowers.com/salclevelandii.htm
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/261/index.html
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1067/
    Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Kf1mejnlrs&feature=related
    Distribution http://www.swsbm.com/Maps/Salvia_clevelandii.gif
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=SACL
   Nursery, images, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/606.htm
   Nursery, images, and data http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=1419
   Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261