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Description

The Cleveland sage grows into medium size mounding shrub 3-5 ft. tall and 3-5 ft. wide. Foliage is comprised of pale-green leaves, 1-2 in. long and heavily wrinkled on the surface. Large numbers of colorful pure blue flowers occur in distinct whorls mid to late spring for a showy floral display. Both leaves and flowers are among the most pleasingly fragrant of the Salvias. This California native species comes from inland foothills and slopes from San Diego County to Baja California. It grows in the coastal sage and chaparral plant communities, in full sun, on slopes and in well-drained soils.

Horticultural interest in the Cleveland sage has led to the introduction of S. c. Winifred Gilman, a cultivar with delicate and intense blue flowers. It grows to the same size as the species and has proven to be easily adapted to Inland Empire gardens and landscapes that can be sustain with little summer water once established. Plant in sunny locations with good drainage; cover bare soil with decomposed granite or natural leaf litter.

Water Needs

The Winifred Gilman sage grows best in sunny locations on well drained soils and with low amounts of supplemental water during summer. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water; it is desirable to have leaf litter and the top layer of soil beneath the stems to dry out between irrigation applications.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Low Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 1

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
 
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

 
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  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
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Plant Properties

Plant Type: Shrub, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Mounding, Compact
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height: 3 ft. - 5 ft.
Width: 3 ft. - 5 ft.
Water Needs: Low 1
Foliage Color: Pale green, Olive green
Flower Color: Purple, Blue
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Drought, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Slopes, Hummingbird plant, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, California native, Borders, Banks, Attracts bees, Fragrant foliage, Fragrant flowers, Attracts butterflies, Small spaces

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