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Cleveland Sage

Salvia clevelandii

Out of stock

1 gallon

Plant Care

Native region:


Water needs:

Low - Moderate


Mature size:

Growth rate:

Full Sun



Flower color:

Flower season:



Spring - Summer

Plants may lose nearly all leaves in summer, but will recover in fall.
Overgrown or leggy shrubs can be cut back in the late fall to reduce size and
increase density




Nectar pollinators:


Nighttime pollinators:


Rabbit resistant:


A fast-growing, aromatic, perennial shrub native to southern California and northern Baja California. It's also known as California blue, fragrant, and Jim sage.
An excellent addition to your wildlife habitat, the flowers attract native bees, sphinx moths, and hummingbirds. The shrub is also a hiding place for quail and other birds.
Cleveland sage is an attractive, fast-growing shrub from the chaparral of Southern California and Northern Baja. It forms a neat 4'x6' mound. Numerous spikes of light violet flowers are produced spring through summer, accenting the aromatic greygreen leaves. It may be short-lived in unfavorable locations. Sun is important for compact form but in the low desert, some filtered sun in the afternoon is appreciated. Well draining soil is essential. Hardy to 10 degrees

Growing Plants in the Desert — Important Information

The information presented here is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and based on my research from reliable sources, observations I have made of plants growing in my, and other gardens I have visited, and observations of the plants in their native habitats. I would appreciate your feedback and experience to help me educate others! 


Cacti: In my experience, cacti are much happier in the filtered shade here in the low desert of the Coachella Valley. Colors are more vibrant and they bloom more profusely, especially the non-native varieties. If you pay attention to how our native barrel and beavertail opuntia grow in the wild, it is frequently tucked in the rocks under creosote or another shrub.


Light Requirements: I have found that in our desert (Sonoran/Colorado) “full sun” plants can take and appreciate the late afternoon filtered sun, especially in the hot summer months.

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