Botanical Name: Salvia leucophylla
Common Name: Purple Sage  
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California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color

Lavender, White


Flower Season

Spring, Fall


Leaf Color

Grey Green, White


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Very Low


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

Meadow, Ranch


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Filler


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Susan Frommer
  • Description

  • Notes

The purple sage is an evergreen shrub that grows 2-3' tall by 5-6' wide. It has white tomentose stems and leaves and light purple flowers that bloom between May and June. This shrub tolerates heat and drought. The purple sage is a California native. -Cornflower Farms
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.