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Showy late spring blooming native with silver foliage and blue flowers pushing out from mid-purple bracts.
Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:
Sandy, rocky, or limestone soil
Low fertility soil
In colder USDA zones (zone 6 and below) it is essential to give Native Southwestern and Southwestern hybrids protection from the extreme cold their first couple winters in the garden. Mound up pine needles or fallen autumn leaves over and around the base
Small Shrub (usually < 1.5' and not >3')
It is native to mountain areas in the western United States and northwestern Arizona, found mainly in the Great Basin Range habitat and southward to the Mojave Desert, growing in dry, well draining soils
Western state native:
Aromatic foliage; leaves are opposite, oval, widest at tip and taper to the stem. They have a smooth margin, and silver grey.
Predominant flower color:
Showy terminal clusters blue to purple
Fall Color Description:
Winter Interest Description:
Leaves are retained on the plant in winter months
Dry, open scabland & sagebrush areas
Used by Wildlife:
Purple sage is undesirable as forage to both livestock and wildlife. Attracts hummingbirds
Plant struggled in 2021; pruned back dead stems heavily & it responded well.
Prune lightly after flowering.
Wait to cut back the plants until spring for improved cold hardiness.
Long Term Care:
Most of the new growth dies back in the winter, though some persists and becomes woody (Strachan 1982). For this reason pruning of Salvia dorrii is not necessary in order to increase the number of
flowering branches. Pruning the lateral branches, however
Botrytis Blight, Downy Mildew, Impatiens Necrotic Spot. (https://pnwhandbooks.org/plantdisease/host-and-disease-descriptions?title=Salvia)
OSU Landscape Profile:
LBJ Native Plant Database:
Missouri Botanical Garden Database:
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