Salvia dorrii

Latin Name: Salvia dorrii
Common Name: Purple Sage, Desert Sage
Mature Height (ft): 12-15"
Mature Width: 12-15"

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Small mounding.
Mulch: Inorganic

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Purple or desert sage prefers leaner, quick draining soils. It is said to grow 2-3 feet tall and deeply branched with silver gray foliage and a profusion of violet bluish flowers atop spikes in late spring and summer. Low water-use, but does better with once a month irrigation. One of the finest flowers of the desert, it is the sage of Riders of the Purple Sage, by Zane Grey. Grows throughout the Great Basin Desert.

Use in Garden

Cactus and xeristrips, xeric rock gardens, hummingbird abd butterfly gardens but must have sharp drainage.