Salvia clevelandii ‘Allen Chickering’

'Allen Chickering' cleveland sage

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 6' X 5'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



This popular sage is thought to be a hybrid between Salvia leucophylla and Salvia clevelandii. It was discovered in the gardens of Rancho Santa Ana in Claremont, CA, in the 1940s. It has been widely planted over the years, favored for its rounded form, silver leaves and lavender flowers. When in a sunny spot with well-draining soil, ‘Allen Chickering’ can grow to five feet, and perhaps six feet when in bloom. It can be “naturalized” in the garden, that is grown without supplemental irrigation, but its appearance at the end of summer might not be acceptable. Infrequent irrigation will improve this.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen