Salvia leucophylla ‘Amethyst Bluff’

Purple sage 'Amethyst Bluff'

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 6' X 10'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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Purple sage is one of California’s most attractive and adaptable sages. This California endemic is found along the coast and in coastal mountains from Monterey County to San Diego County. The leaves are narrow and a soft gray-green. The abundant flowers of early spring are lavender. Purple sage grows in a mounding, spreading form which is quite dense. ‘Amethyst bluff’ is a coastal selection from Santa Barbara County displaying a particularly rich flower color and density of foliage. There seems to be some confusion about the mature height of this selection. Carol Bornstein, who made the selection, lists 3-5 feet in California Native Plants for the Garden. ‘Amethyst bluff’ does quite well in Santa Clara County with full sun and at least fairly well-draining soil. Provide adequate room for lateral growth.


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