Salvia mellifera Salvia mellifera Salvia mellifera
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Common Name Black sage
Latin Name Salvia mellifera
Family Lamiaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 7-9, 14-24 / 8-10
Type / Form Shrub / Medium
Native Habitat Dry slopes 3,000 to 9,000 feet in California and Nevada
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once or twice per month
Exposure Full sun
Height X Width Maximum 4 feet X 4 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Green, fern-like
Flowers Fragrant with violet to lavender flowers
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance Low
Propagation Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer. In areas where the plant is towards the limits of its hardiness, it is best to grow the plants on in a greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood succeed at almost any time in the growing season.
Pests and diseases None
Landscape uses Erosion control, rock garden, low maintenance, parkways
Garden Suitability Thornless, Hummingbird, Fragrant, Mountain, Moonlight, Fire Retardant, Ethnobotanical
Nature Value Browsed by wildlife, attracts hummingbirds
Native American Uses Seeds used for food.   Medicinal.
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