Plant family: Lamiaceae - Mint
Plant type: Shrub, Slope Stabilizer
Plant origin: N/A, California, Horticultural Selection
Coastal Sage Scrub
Clay, Sand, Sandy Loam, Adaptable
Exceptional Fragrance, Slope Stabilizer, Tolerant of Clay Soil
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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