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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Unranked: Angiosperms
Unranked: Eudicots
Unranked: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Salvia
Species: S. clevelandii
Binomial name
Salvia clevelandii
(Gray) Greene

Salvia clevelandii (Cleveland sage, Blue sage, and Fragrant sage) is a perennial plant that is native to Southern California and northern Baja California, growing below 900 m elevation in California coastal sage and chaparral habitat.[1]


The plant was named in 1874 by Asa Gray, honoring Daniel Cleveland, a plant collector.[1]


Salvia clevelandii is an evergreen shrub that reaches 1 to 1.5 m in height and width. The fragrant, ashy green leaves are obovate and rugose, growing less than 2.5 cm long. Flowers are on 30 cm spikes, with numerous whorls of upright amethyst blooms opening in June–July.[1]


Salvia clevelandii is a popular California landscape plant, cultivated since the 1940s. Plants prefer dry summers, good drainage, and full sun, with a relatively short life span of five to ten years. They are hardy to -7 C.

Cultivars and hybrids include:

  • 'Winnifred Gilman' is a popular cultivar with intense violet-blue flowers.
  • 'Betsy Clebsch', a shorter cultivar with wide variation in flower color.
  • 'Allen Chickering', 'Aromas', 'Pozo Blue', 'Santa Cruz Dark', and 'Whirly Blue' are hybrids with similar appearance.[1]

Salvia clevelandii is one of the parents of the hybrid Salvia 'Celestial Blue'.

Common NamesEdit

Sage, Fragrant Sage


  • Well-drained sands & gravels.
  • Full Sun


  • Can grow to a height of 6ft