Photo of Salvia pachyphylla Epling ex Munz Salvia pachyphylla, Mountain Desert  Sage has huge purple bracts surrounding deep blue flowers. Salvia pachyphylla
Common Name Mountain Desert Sage, Blue Sage, Rose Sage, Giant Flowered Purple Sage
Latin Name Salvia pachyphylla
Native Habitat Mojave Desert from 2,500 to 7,500 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once or none per moth or none depending on soil
Height X Width 2 feet X 2 feet, 5 feet X 5 feet rare
Protective Mechanism Spines on leaves
Leaves Evergreen, grey-green, aromatic
Garden Suitability Fragrance, Hummingbird, Mountain, Songbird, Butterfly, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Two-tone red and purple large flowers July through September, evergreen grey-green leaves
Nature Value Hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees use flowers
Native American Uses Ceremonial
Links  
    Images and data http://www.wildscaping.com/plants/plantprofiles/Salvia_pachyphylla.htm
    Images and data http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/img_query?where-taxon=Salvia+pachyphylla&where-anno=1
    Images and data http://www.theodorepayne.org/gallery/pages/S/Salvia_pachyphylla.htm
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/garden/sages.htm
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.highcountrygardens.com/catalog/product/84765/
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=SAPA5
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