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Common Name: Blue Sage
Salvia clevelandii is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
South-western N. America - California.
Sunny positions in chapparal plant communities[
Requires a very well-drained light sandy soil in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a rich soil[
]. Soils rich in nitrogen encourage excessive leaf growth at the expense of flowering[
This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[
]. Plants can be killed by excessive winter wet[
There is at least one named variety. 'Aromas' is an improved selection that is very fragrant[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
The leaves have a pleasant flavour and fragrance, they are a good substitute for sage in cooking[
Seed - sow early to mid spring in a greenhouse[
]. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer. In areas where the plant is towards the limits of its hardiness, it is best to grow the plants on in a greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in late spring of the following year.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood succeed at almost any time in the growing season[