From California Natives Wiki
Species Name: Salvia leucophylla
Common Name: Purple Sage
- Beautiful grey-green foliage and lavender flowers distinguish this sage. Common in areas with coastal influence. Flower spikes to 6' high in spring and early summer.
- Plant Family: Lamiaceae
- Plant Type: Perennial
- Height by Width: 6' H x 8' W
- Growth Habit: Rounded, dense, often prostrate
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-evergreen
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Full sun
- Soil Preference: Adaptable
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
- Cold Hardy to:
- Flower Season: Spring/Summer
- Flower Color: Pink/Lavender
- Endangered?: Not Listed
- Distribution: Coastal California from Monterey to Baja, Transverse Ranges (except San Bernardino Mtns)
- Natural Habitat: Dry, open hills from 150' below 2500'
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A small shrub with pretty silvery gray, crinkly foliage and large whorls of lilac purple flowers. A profuse bloomer making a glorious effect when in flower on the hillsides. Gallon cans, 40c."
- Other Names
- Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.