Botanical Name: Salvia leucophylla
Common Name: Purple or Gray Sage  
Plant photo of: Salvia leucophylla
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color

Lavender, White


Flower Season

Spring, Fall


Leaf Color

Grey Green, White


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Very Low


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

Meadow, Ranch


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Filler, Fire Resistant


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Susan Frommer
  • Description

  • Notes

The Purple Sage is an evergreen shrub that grows 2'-3' tall and 5'-6' wide. It has white stems and leaves and light purple flowers that bloom between May and June. This shrub tolerates heat and drought. The Purple Sage is a California native.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.