Bee’s Bliss sage

Salvia ‘Bee’s Bliss’

Description

Bee’s bliss sage is a low growing and spreading shrub with ascending stems that can reach1-3 ft. tall and up to 5 ft. wide. Leaves are pale green with a wrinkled surface and strongly pungent when crushed. Medium blue-purple flowers develop on 6-10 in. long ascending spikes in early spring. Like many sages, bees find abundant pollen on flowers.

This recently introduced sage cultivar has become a popular choice for native plant gardens across the Inland Empire where it is used on banks, along walkways and borders and in small masses as a ground cover. Morning dampness and overhead irrigation spray can lead to powdery mildew problems on new foliage in early to late spring. However, warm weather and sunny exposures remedy this issue. Tolerant of temperatures to 15°F; prune in late fall to maintain a tighter form.

Plant Type: Shrub, Ground cover, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Drought, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Rock gardens, Raised planters, Hummingbird plant, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Borders, Banks, Attracts bees, Attracts butterflies
Height: 1 ft. – 3 ft.
Width: 5 ft.