Santa Rosa Island sage

Salvia brandegeei

Description

This California native shrub grows with a rambling branch habit up to 4-5 ft. tall and 5-7 ft. wide. It’s aromatic foliage is comprised of medium to dark green leaves, 3-4 in. long, 1/2 in. wide with a wrinkled upper surface. Bright blue to pale lavender flowers develop in whorls on 10-12 in. long spikes for a colorful floral display in early spring.

The Santa Rosa Island sage is native to the Channel Islands and restricted areas of Baja California. The combination of dark green foliage and deep blue flowers provides an attractive contribution to native plant gardens in sunny areas. Like other native sage species, it has aromatic foliage and attracts bees when flowering. Seasonal pruning helps to maintain good shape.

Plant Type: Shrub, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Sprawling, Mounding
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Lavender
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Drought, Coastal salt air, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Hummingbird plant, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Borders, Banks, Attracts bees, Fragrant foliage, Attracts butterflies
Height: 4 ft. – 5 ft.
Width: 5 ft. – 7 ft.