Salvia leucophylla 'Amethyst Bluff'

Amethyst Bluff Purple Sage

Plant family: Lamiaceae - Mint


Plant type: Shrub, Slope Stabilizer

Plant origin: N/A, California, Horticultural Selection

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Flower Color Lavender, Pink, Purple
Blooming Season Spring, Summer
Height 5-15 feet
Spread 5-10 feet
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Coastal Sage Scrub

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Clay, Sand, Sandy Loam, Adaptable

Special Characteristic

Exceptional Fragrance, Slope Stabilizer, Tolerant of Clay Soil

Plant Highlights

This large Purple Sage was introduced by Carol Bernstein from a specimen found on the coastal bluffs of Pt. Sal in Santa Barbara County. Amethyst Bluff starts out as a low-mounding shrub but eventually grows very large, reaching up to 10 feet in height and spreading up to 15 feet. It is ideally suited for a large scale planting, particularly on a sunny slope or bank where it can sprawl freely. This selection tolerates heavy soils and provides good erosion control. Amethyst Bluff has fragrant silvery foliage and showy lavender flowers on 12 inch long spikes. It is very attractive to butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

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Is this the plant that grows native here on the ridges? Someone told me it is wild lilac, in spring it gets light blue or purple to deep lavender color flowers, grouped like a small stalk on a lilac bush. The bush itself seems to grow easily to 20 feet, and has small green leaves.

Posed by: Rachel Smith, on Apr 15 2018 5:00PM