Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Salvia leucophylla

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Salvia leucophylla
Salvia leucophylla
Salvia leucophylla
Salvia leucophylla

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'

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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 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.
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