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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)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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


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:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Siirenias On Feb 10, 2015, Siirenias from Oak Park, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Santa Rosa Island Sage has kind of a funny growth habit when compared to its close cousins Purple Sage and Black Sage. Unless tipped on a constant basis, the plant seems to prefer to grow in tendril-like shapes rather than a mounding shrub. However, it does not appear to be scandent, as my mother plant mostly ignores the Laurel Sumac sapling growing with it.

Mine blooms lavender for a month or so, starting anywhere from January to April. This probably depends on light exposure, since its kids, started from cuttings, are spread around my garden and bloom at different times.

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
Oak Park, California
San Francisco, California (2 reports)
Temecula, California
Ventura, California

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