Cleveland Blue Sage, Fragrant Sage, Jim Sage, Mountain Sage

Salvia clevelandii

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: clevelandii (kleev-LAN-dee-eye) (Info)
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:

Medium Blue


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Glendale, Arizona

Green Valley, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)

Bakersfield, California

Casa De Oro-mount Helix, California

Castro Valley, California

Chico, California

Concord, California

El Sobrante, California

Elk Grove, California

Fallbrook, California

Hesperia, California

Hidden Meadows, California

Jacumba, California

Long Beach, California (2 reports)

Menifee, California

Merced, California

Oakland, California

Palm Springs, California

Paradise, California

Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Redding, California

Sacramento, California

San Diego, California (2 reports)

San Francisco, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Ana, California

Santa Cruz, California

Spring Valley, California

Temecula, California

Tracy, California

Valley Center, California

Vista, California

Oviedo, Florida

Henderson, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Portland, Oregon

Belton, Texas

Houston, Texas

Spring Branch, Texas

Kalama, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 19, 2011, Blackwill from Bakersfield, CA wrote:

I first encountered the fragrance of this plant at the Santa Barbara Mission in California, and was overwhelmed. So very fragrant!! I am now attempting to grow it in my Zone 10 (8a/8b) garden in Bakersfield. The hardest part, I have found, is resisting the urge to give it water...


On Nov 27, 2010, TheAmericanGardener from Portland, OR wrote:

I have grown many cultivars of this plant in my zone 8 Portland Oregon home over the last 3 years. We have had three winters in a row with a hard freeze, this most recent being VERY early in the season. My experience is they all freeze very easily around here with the exception of the cultivar 'alpine' that they sell at Las Pilitas nursery out of California. For some reason 'Alpine' has been leaps and bounds hardier than the rest for our climate and soil.

I had mulched the crown of all of my salvias so it appears that the frozen ones will recover in the spring. I did not mulch last year and lost ALL of my salvia clevelandii frozen to the core. That being said I echo all the positives that everybody is saying. I planted some along the front sidewalk and they stop all the pas... read more


On Jun 8, 2006, Joy from Kalama, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Although Salvia clevelandii is suppose to be hardy for zones 9 + it has grown in my zone 8 garden for over 8 years.


On Apr 1, 2004, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is one of the garden's precious plants. I have managed to grow more from the seeds this year. We use the leaves for incense. It is sold on our area as Mountain sage.


On Dec 31, 2003, Flit from Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I am growing the "Alan Chickering" cultivar of this sage.

When it blooms it gets to six feet in a showy display of the pagoda-tiered blooms, and it smells amazingly fragrant. Bees and hummingbirds love the nectar. It's a wonderful culinary sage, but it's important to go easy with it, since it's very strong.

It was one of the first plants I planted, and it survived a period where I couldn't water at all during a hot summer, so I give it high marks for xeriscaping. It needs pruning or it just gets bigger and bigger; we prune it back in the winter.


On Nov 12, 2003, noxiousweed from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I love the unique bloom of this salvia. It was given as a housewarming gift and we were told to keep the blooms once they're spent, dry them, and burn them for incense. It handled much neglect in its gallon-container until we could get to it. Great xeriscaping plant.


On Jul 8, 2003, lunavox from Seattle, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This sage grew to a nice size over a couple of years in the somewhat dry, clay-ish soil at my old house.

I enjoy salvias in general, but this one is special to me because of the strange looking flowers. They look like double-tiered flying saucers.


On Mar 17, 2001, gardener_mick from Wentworth, SD (Zone 4a) wrote:

Salvia clevelandii is an evergreen perennial sub-shrub with wrinkled 1" leaves on downy stems. Hardy to zones 9-10, flowers from spring to summer with violet or white blooms over gray-green foliage. Provide light sun, well-drained soil.