Salvia clevelandii, 'Winnifred Gilman' is an
green sage with blue flowers set in whorls of lavender bracts. This form of Cleveland
sage is native to dry slopes San Diego County (we would guess it
has a little Salvia munzii in it, but as it came from Strybing
Arboretum it could have a little of something else, or the form found
in the wild had a little munzii in it.). It likes sun and good
drainage. The gray-green leaves have intense fragrance. All the Salvias
are great hummingbird plants. Cold tolerant to about 10 deg. f.. It has
managed to survive lower temperatures here but I had it against a 3'
rock wall facing south situated in such a way that the cold flowed over
it. 'Winnifred Gilman' flowers are stunning. The interesting note is, at
least here, the only native pollinators seem to be young
Do not put it under your bedroom window unless you really love the
smell of the wild west (or a herb garden according to your taste). No
accounting for tastes, one customer complained that "that plant smelled
so BAD' and another who comes by occasionally to beg for a stem or two
for the cab of his truck “cuz it made the truck smell real good'. The
Cleveland sage fragrance carries for 20-50' on a warm night.
This sage is native in areas of low rainfall and has survived here on
four inches of rainfall. It is stable in sand or gravel, fair in loam,
unstable in clay (if it gets any summer water at all). If you live in
an area of rainfall greater than 35 inches find a spot of pure sandy
gravel. 'Winnifred Gilman' is a nice form of Cleveland Sage
that seems to be a little more garden and frost tolerant. Flower color
and scent may even be more pronounced. (It is not as tough as straight
species in places like desert washes tough.)
For years we had this listed as Winifred Gilman. It was sold to us 30+
years ago as Winifred Gilman, Betsy Clebsch apparently traced the real name, Winnifred,
back to a volunteer at Strybing Arboretum.
(The sage and its hybrids are often mislabeled. Sometimes a hybrid
called 'Allen Chickering' is labeled as this and sometimes this is
labeled as 'Allen Chickering'.)
If you're after the flowers but have clay or heavy frosts see Salvia clevelandii X 'Pozo Blue'
We also grow other Clevelandii sages, Deer Springs, has a larger flower and grayer foliage, comes from the North Escondido area,
Salvia clevelandii, Alpine, holds the flowers for months and is used by tons of native species, comes from Alpine in San Diego County.
Here's a native
sage page where you can see all the sages of California.
Salvia clevelandii 'Winifred Gilman Cleveland Sage' tolerates sand.
Salvia clevelandii 'Winifred Gilman Cleveland Sage' is great for a bird garden and a butterfly garden.
Foliage of Salvia clevelandii 'Winifred Gilman Cleveland Sage' has color green-gray, is evergreen and has fragrance.
Flower of Salvia clevelandii 'Winifred Gilman Cleveland Sage' has color blue and has a fragrance.
Fruit of Salvia clevelandii 'Winifred Gilman Cleveland Sage' has fragrance.
Communities for Salvia clevelandii 'Winifred Gilman Cleveland Sage':Chaparral and Coastal Sage Scrub.