Salvia leucophylla 'Amethyst Bluff'

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Species Name: Salvia leucophylla 'Amethyst Bluff'
Common Name: Amethyst Bluff Purple Sage

Native to Santa Barbara County. Found on the coastal bluffs near Point Sal. Excellent groundcover for erosion control on slopes and hillsides. Both fragrant and important for wildlife.

Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 2' H x 5-8' W
Growth Habit: Low at first, then upright and spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Lavender
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Selected for use in the garden. Introduced by C. Bornstein of Rancho Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Natural Habitat: Coastal bluffs, hillsides below 4000'

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  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.