Salvia mellifera ‘Terra Seca’

'Terra Seca' Black sage

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 2' X 5'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



Salvia mellifera, black sage, is common in California’s sage scrub and coastal mountains from the Bay Area into Baja, becoming more common as one moves south. It is notable for its dark green leaves and abundant light lavender flowers relished by pollinators. While the species grows in a rounded form to six feet of so, lower growing forms are often encountered in coastal settings. The ‘Terra Seca’ selection grows in a dense mound to about 2 feet high. It will spread to 6 feet or so but can easily be contained with occasional pruning. As for the species, ‘Terra Seca’ does well in sun or partial shade and prefers well-draining soil.


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