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Salvia dorii

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: dorii

Synonym:Salvia dorrii subsp. dorrii

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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 softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive idahocactus2 On Aug 28, 2012, idahocactus2 from Boise, ID wrote:

Salvia dorrii is a local growing plant that is seldom seen in gardens here in the Boise Valley. Much of the habitat of the plant has been destroyed here in the farming region, but it does have healthy populations in Owyhee County and other counties within this area. It grows in very sandy to talus soils here, and is a plant that is easy to grow in the yard, if you neglect the plant. It needs no extra water and the most common flowers are lavender to purple. We even have rarer colors within the population here of white, pink, pale blues, deep blues and other shades. Many of the native specimans are short and rarely over a foot tall and usually much wider, but there are some areas where the salivas grow close to 3 feet and possibly more.

A plant that is worth having in the desert garden, and will reseed given the right conditions.

Positive dparsons01 On Apr 17, 2011, dparsons01 from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very good in our cry climate in New Mexico. Requires very little water. Deals with heat and cold. Nice flowers. Note I have S. dorrii v. Carnosa.

Positive steinbeck On Dec 9, 2010, steinbeck from Dallas, TX wrote:

I am planning on adding a few of them this next spring. Here in Dallas, they will usually bloom about a week after a rain. It is beautiful, all over town you can see them blooming at the same time. Most of them have a lovely lavender flower.

Neutral bluespiral On Apr 7, 2008, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

On 2/18/07, I wintersowed seeds of a few xeric, silver-leaved sages, including this one. About 7 out of 33 seeds of Salvia dorii germinated, beginning 3/23/07. Although the others thrived, the seedlings of this one wilted and died in their pot within about 6 weeks. The other two that did well were Salvia daghestanica and Salvia cyanescens. Could it be that Salvia dorii is more sensitive to areas of higher humidity and spring rainfall?

All of these sages were wintersown in recycled qt-size yogurt containers, each within a vented plastic baggy. About 1/8" gritty sand was on the surface, the seeds went on top of that, and then they were lightly covered with a sprinkle of more gritty sand. 7 seeds germinated, beginning 3/26/07.

Since Latin binomial names are being deleted from the winter sowing database, and since the common names being substituted can apply to so many different species, and since the genus Salvia is so diverse, I am entering this data here, which applies to only Salvia dorii.

Positive nevadagdn On Mar 28, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

Even though this plant is classified as xeric, it takes a bit more water than I originally anticipated. It's now growing slowly but well in clay soil covered with rocks and a bit of water from time to time.


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

Chino Valley, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Payson, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Huntington, Arkansas
Boise, Idaho
Meridian, Idaho
Twin Falls, Idaho
Sparks, Nevada
Albuquerque, New Mexico
La Luz, New Mexico
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Dallas, Texas
El Paso, Texas
Granbury, Texas
Houston, Texas
Irving, Texas
Santaquin, Utah
Malaga, Washington

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