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PlantFiles: Island Black Sage, Brandegee's Sage
Salvia brandegeei

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: brandegeei (bran-DEE-jee-eye) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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

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Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:
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Seed Collecting:
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No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral eje On Feb 20, 2005, eje from San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I've had this for a couple years now and it is blooming for the first time this spring. Flowers are small and a very light blue. The foliage does have a nice scent and the leaves are an attractive shiny green with white undersides.

Begins flowering here in January/February, so should probably be pruned in spring or summer after bloom.

Somewhat prone to what I assume are the same spider mites that decimate my culinary sage and many other members of the lamiaceae family every year.

Species is sometimes (mis-)spelled brandegei Very similar to Salvia mellifera.


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

Elk Grove, California
San Francisco, California (2 reports)
Temecula, California
Ventura, California

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