Black Sage

Salvia mellifera

Black Sage  - Salvia mellifera

Black Sage

Salvia mellifera

Salvia meliffera, commonly known as Black Sage, is a popular California native flowering perennial with beautiful prolific pale lavender flower spikes which will appearing in Spring and Summer.  Black Sage is very easy to grow and can tolerate heat, drought, and poor soils including clay.  It will grow fast to about 5 feet tall and wide.  It's native to the Chaparral plant community of California down to regions of Baja.  The foliage is evergreen and should be cut back a s needed to keep growth coming back tight. Salvia mellifera will attract wildlife such as birds, bees, butterflies, and has wonderfully scented foliage.  Make sure not to overwater in the Summer.  And if all that's not enough, it's deer resistant, so feel free to plant along foothill communities of the San Gabriel Valley!  USDA Zones 7-11. 


Foliage: Evergreen

Sun Exposure: Full Sun (6+ Hours Of Direct Sunlight)

Water Needs: Low

Bloom Season: Spring

Mature Height: 4-5'

Mature Width: 5-6'

Attributes: Drought Tolerant, Xeriscape, Deer Resistant, California Native Garden, Southwestern Garden, Mediterranean & Tuscan Garden, English & Cottage Garden


Proper planting technique will help your plants thrive! Follow these simple steps to help your plants establish quickly, develop a strong root system, and live longer:

  • Properly dig the hole
  • Amend the soil to suit each particular plant
  • Place the plant and backfill the soil
  • Provide ample water for each particular plant
  • Review our how to plant guide!

For detailed information, please download our planting guides:

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