Las Pilitas Nursery
California Native Plants are all we grow!
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These aren't real sages but they are related. They are fragrant and have large flowers.
San Diego pitcher sage looks a lot different from the other to mentioned here. The foliage is more shiny , not so hairy, and darker green with purplish stems and tints of purple in the foliage. The flowers aren't so elongated with smaller less prominent sepals. It the most elegant of the three. It likes rock soils. It is real happy in a rock garden or with a large rock next to it.
California Sagebrush has soft, fragrant, gray foliage. It grows around 3 feet tall. California Sagebrush is happiest along the coast in mild climates. It has feathery foliage.
Canyon gray sage brush is a California sagebrush that stays only about a foot tall. It has the same feathery gray foliage and fragrance as the regular California sagebrush. It will tolerate serpentine and clay soils as well as well drained soils.
Artemisia californica X Montara is another low growing Artemisia. It is a naturally occurring hybrid between Artemisia californica and Artemisia pycnocephala. It reaches only about a foot tall. Montara tolerates sea side conditions, clay, and serpentine soil.
Great Basin Sagebrush has larger leaves but the same gray foliage and fragrance. It is found in large portions of very dry areas in northern and central California. It is a little more substantial than California sage brush. It is about 4 feet tall. Great basin sagebrush likes sandy well drained soil.