Salvia dorrii

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Salvia dorrii Salvia dorrii Salvia dorrii
Common Name Desert Sage, Purple Sage
Latin Name Salvia dorrii
Family Lamiaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 2, 3, 10-13, 18, 19 / 5-9
Type / Form Shrub / Medium
Native Habitat Between 3,000 feet and 12,000 feet in southwest
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water None to once per month once established
Exposure Full sun
Height X Width 3 feet X 3 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Grey, evergreen, aromatic
Flowers Blue and purple flowers bloom late in spring, leaves fragrant
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance Low
Propagation Take cuttings of newer growth at any time, or divide plants in early spring.
Pests and diseases Infrequent, but watch for the occasional whitefly, aphid, or spider mite
Landscape uses Container, rock garden, low maintenance, fire retardant, foliage accent, parkways, cut flowers
Garden Suitability Fragrance, Thornless, Songbird, Butterfly, Fire Retardant, Hummingbird
Nature Value Butterflies and bees use flowers, songbirds eat seeds
Native American Uses Ceremonial, medicinal
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