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Water Wise Plants

Salvia clevelandii

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Common Name
Cleveland Sage
Plant Type
Mature Size
3 ft. wide and tall
Water Requirements
Very Low: water deeply several times a summer
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full sun
Flower Color
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

'Winnifred Gilman' is a compact Salvia cultivar with violet-blue flowers that bloom in late spring. The grey-green foliage of this California native smells like a chaparral morning.

Like many sages, these are short-lived plants. Even with regular pruning, Salvia clevelandii needs to be replaced every five to ten years when the stems become woody.

PADG Notes: 'Winnifred Gilman' is pruned back by about a third in the late summer and early fall to prolong the life of the plant and maintain a nice shape.

To learn more about Salvias, we suggest reading Betsy Clebsch's The New Book of Salvias

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