This sage is native to California’s rugged coastal chaparral, and is surprisingly well adapted to the tough, low-desert climate. Most plants reach 4 feet high and 5 feet or more wide. Fragrant blue flowers develop in whorls on stems in spring. Deadhead old flower stems in summer after bloom period has passed to renew growth. Well-drained soil recommended. Accepts some shade. Gray-green foliage blends well with many desert natives, and produces a pleasant, musky fragrance when brushed. Plants sometimes scent the air after a vigorous rain. Recently introduced cultivars featuring different shades of purple flowers are available. Canopy coverage is approximately 20 square feet.

Source: Lush & Efficient | Photo: Robert Perry