Salvia leucophylla

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 Salvia leucophylla subsp. var.  Chaparral sage, Gray sage, Purple sage
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Habit: shrub
Height: to
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Lifespan: perennial
Bloom: early fall, mid fall, late fall
Exposure: sun
Features: flowers
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USDA Zones: 8 to 11
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Flower features: red, blue, purple, pink
Lamiaceae > Salvia leucophylla var. ,

Salvia leucophylla (Purple Sage) is an aromatic sage native to the southern coast of California and Baja California, with a range stretching from Santa Maria southward, at 50–800 m altitude.

It is a shrub growing up to 1.5 m tall on dry, open hillsides. The leaves are grayish tomentose, 2-8 cm long, with a rugose (puckered) surface. The large spikes bear whorls of purple flowers, 6-13 mm long. The flowers are highly aromatic and attract a variety of birds and insects.


The Purple Sage is widely used in xeriscaping and native plant landscaping in southern California. It is highly drought-tolerant, becoming leggy if watered after it has become established.


Pests and diseases


Some cultivars include:

  • Salvia leucophylla 'Pt. Sal'
  • Salvia leucophylla 'Figueroa'
  • Salvia leucophylla 'Amethyst Bluff'



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