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

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Winter, Spring


Leaf Color

Grey Green, Silver


Bark Color


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH



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


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.