Botanical Name: Salvia dorrii v. dorrii
 Common Name: Desert Sage
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub

 

Height Range

1-3'

 

Flower Color

Blue

 

Flower Season

Winter, Spring

 

Leaf Color

Grey Green, Silver

 

Bark Color

 

Fruit Color

n/a

 

Fruit Season

n/a

Sun

Full, Half

 

Water

Very Low, Low, Extra in Summer

 

Growth Rate

Moderate

 

Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular

 

Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained

 

Soil pH

Neutral

 

Adverse Factors

Design Styles

Ranch, Spanish

 

Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers

 

Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring

 

Location Uses

Entry, Shrub Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Parking Lot, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, With Rocks

 

Special Uses

Filler, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Small Spaces

 

Attracts Wildlife

Hummingbirds

Information by: George Hull MSN

Photographer: Mountain States Nursery

  • Description

  • Notes

Shrub with low mounding habit grows to 2' x 2' . Aromatic, evergreen, small rounded silvery gray leaves on stiff branches. Handles heat in low deserts better than most Salvias. Adapted to wide range of temperatures. In late winter and spring, it is covered with whorls of blue purple flowers in round clusters at branch tips. Prefers full sun, with afternoon shade in the low desert. Needs a well drained soil. Drought tolerant.
Frost tolerant to -10 F.