Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Salvia clevelandii

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Salvia clevelandii
Salvia clevelandii

Species Name: Salvia clevelandii
Common Name: Cleveland Sage

Very aromatic and a profuse bloomer. Good in dry gardens or on slopes. Wonderful mass planted. Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and birds.

Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 4-6' H x 3-5' W
Growth Habit: Mounding or upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Purple
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: South Coast, San Diego County
Natural Habitat: Coastal sage scrub, chaparral

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A charming little shrub from San Diego County. The plants are of compact, rounded form 2 to 3 feet high with gray green foliage. The flowers are produced in whorls, large, clear rich blue. Very showy, blooming profusely in early summer. Both flowers and foliage delightfully fragrant even after drying. Gallon cans, 50c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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