Black Sage

Salvia mellifera 'Point Mugu'

Black sage grows throughout California coastal ranges on hot dry slopes. Given full sun and occasional water, this compact selection makes a tough and tidy, mid-sized evergreen shrub for dry settings or seacoast exposure. Its white to pale lilac flowers supply a source of nectar to hummingbirds and butterflies.
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Full sun

Once established, needs only occasional watering.

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LoreThe species mellifera means honey-producing. Large stands of this native coastal chaparral shrub is a popular location for bee-keepers to situate their hives.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growth to 18 inches tall and as wide.
Bloom TimePale blue flowers, spring to late summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorBlue
Foliage ColorLight Green
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Firescaping/Firewise, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.

Provide well drained soil Follow a regular watering schedule to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a slow-release fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Clip spent flower heads to encourage prolific continued bloom.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-10

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